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Takata Eliminating Exploding Airbag Inflator

Supplier cutting “batwing” device, but using same propellant.

by on Jun.02, 2015

Takata will testify during a congressional subcommittee hearing today that it is phasing out the inflator at the heart of the recall of millions of vehicles.

Takata plans to use a new style airbag inflator, replacing its current “batwing” type model that is at the center of the exploding airbag controversy for the supplier.

The company will tell members of a congressional subcommittee today it’s making the change on the driver-side airbag that is part of a recall of 33.8 million vehicles.

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“The final stage of the recalls will include the replacement of batwing driver inflators that were previously installed as remedy parts in prior recalls,” said Kevin Kennedy, Takata executive vice president of North America, in written testimony released Monday. “Takata has also committed to cease producing these types of driver inflators.” (more…)

FBI Raids Three Key Japanese Auto Suppliers

Potential antitrust violations under investigation.

by on Feb.24, 2010

Denso was one of three Japanese auto electronics suppliers to be raided by the FBI.

Concerns about potential antitrust violations led the FBI to raid the U.S. offices of three major Japanese suppliers, though it is unclear if still other manufacturers are involved in the investigation.

Among the company’s targeted were Denso Corporation,  one of the world’s largest producers of automotive components and a member of the Toyota Motor keiretsu, a closely-linked network of cross-held companies that characterizes the way the auto industry operates in Japan.  Also raided were Yazaki North America and Tokai Rika.

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A spokeswoman for the U.S. Justice Department confirmed that the government is looking into possible antitrust action by automotive electronics suppliers.

“The antitrust division is investigating the possibility of anti-competitive cartel conduct,” said the department’s Gina Talamona, in a prepared statement. “We are coordinating with the European Commission and other foreign competition authorities.”   (more…)