I wager you discover Takata a well-known title in automotive recollects. Earlier than it was air luggage, Takata was making one other security machine in a critically unsafe method: seat belt buckles. Homeowners complained to NHTSA concerning the buckles failing to latch, latching after which routinely (and unexpectedly) unlatching, and turning into unlatched throughout crashes. Ya know, proper whenever you want that sucker to remain tight.
The enormous auto provider labored with 11 totally different automakers, together with Chrysler, Normal Motors, Ford, Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Nissan, Daihatsu, Mitsubishi and Subaru.
At first Takata blamed messy Individuals for dumping mushy drinks throughout their vehicles after which utilizing their french fry salt-coated fingers to attempt to re-latch the belts. NHTSA, nevertheless, disagreed. After a months-long investigation, the feds discovered the reason for the defect was the ABS plastic utilized in manufacturing the seat belt, which degraded and splintered when uncovered to mild. These flecks of plastic then jammed up the locking mechanism within the belt buckle, in keeping with the Heart for Auto Security.