Takata Airbag Inflator
Only about a third of inflators have been replaced out of 65 million worldwide.
According to internal documents obtained by Reuters, Honda had Takata change its airbag inflators to make them safer but didn't tell NHTSA. The decision could open the companies up to lawsuits.
Volkswagen says in a letter that the company doesn't agree with NHTSA's request to recall Takata airbag inflators because the automaker believes the components in its models are safe. However, the company will still conduct the safety campaign.
A deposition by a former Takata engineer claims the company hid airbag testing failures from Honda in a report from June 2000. The company reportedly got rid off the ruptured inflators from that experiment, too.
Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Audi announced details of their Takata inflator recalls, and the campaigns affect nearly 1.7 million vehicles in the US.
Like the US, Japan will ban certain Takata's airbag inflators from vehicles in development, and phase them out of vehicles in production currently.
Internal Takata documents reveal that from 2000 to 2010, US engineers raised concerns about altered data from airbag inflator tests.