I’ve seen many recent articles about Takata declaring bankruptcy. I’ve been encouraged to write our politicians about so few of the cars having been repaired. I’m amazed that I was one of the 2% of Audi owners involved to get a replacement. VAG took it to the next level by having some of their involved replacements engineered by one of the other airbag makers. Ford hasn’t been as good to me despite the fact that they sent me a notification first and many months before. During the past two years its made me think more and more about what vehicles we buy and what dangers we might accept by making that purchase. I’ve called the dealership many times and they can’t even give me a future promise date of when I’ll be on the order list. Recently I found this article below. It makes me wonder how many people have been killed by bean counters? Has anyone ever tried to quantify this? I guess on my next purchase I’m be looking at all the recent recalls and trying to pick a manufacturer who is least involved in all this crap. It might take numberous spread sheets and a bank of computers to siphon through the BS and come up with anyone we can truly believe cares about our safety.
Below is the New York Times article that places partial blame on GM for being one of the first to ignore test reports that Takata bag designs were unsafe and use them just because they were cheaper. They were cheaper for a reason. Today I saw reports that Honda might be lawsuited for doing just the same thing. There are about 4 other airbag companies in the world who will have to pick up the slack when Takata is gone. The design and testing of each bag for each car model by other companies will likely take years and this recall could continue into the middle of the next decade at the present replacement rate. I hope by the grace of God that the CEOs realize pinching pennies on safety items isn’t prudent as they shell out money to fix this huge debacle. Maybe if one day one of these corporate head honchos has a family member killed by such a decision, things will change. Until then we have to just hope for the best or maybe its time for us all to all write our politicians.