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June 22, 2021

Takata Also Falsified Seatbelt Test Data

There seems to be no end to Takata’s problems. A report reveals that the bankrupt Japanese automotive supplier of airbags and seatbelts have falsified data made at its plants, including the one in the Philippines.

Joyson Safety Systems, a U.S.-based automotive component maker that bought Takata submitted data to Japan’s transport ministry detailing around 1,000 cases of data falsification in seatbelt tests done at two plants it acquired from Takata.

The investigation which began in October 2020 showed that data on belt webbing used for seatbelts and child safety seats were doctored at plants in Hikone, Japan and in the Philippines. The test results, which looked at the quality of the webbing, were altered to meet legal and client standards.

As a bit of good news, the company is not planning a recall. Their reexamination of the webbing showed no safety issues, and also because the 12 automakers that the company is supplying decided not to implement measures such as car inspections.

As part of preventive measures, the company introduced an electronic system in March that would prevent data from being falsified, and is working on expanding human resources for quality management, he added.

Takata’s faulty airbag inflators caused the auto industry’s biggest safety recall and have been linked to numerous deaths and injuries globally.

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