The big bang in beirut last week hit the world, reportedly caused by 5.5 million pounds of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of beirut, a highly explosive chemical that was violently hit or decomposed by heat. As recently as Takata, Jerry Cox, a former adviser to Takata Motor, told the media that millions of cars in the United States still have defective airbag inflators on their roads. These problem airbags use ammonium nitrate as propellant and there is a potential fatal explosion risk.
Original title: after the big explosion in Beirut, former Takata employees claim that more than one million vehicles in the United States still have major safety risks
Jerry Cox, a lawyer who was hired by Takata USA in 2014, helped the company develop its strategy, based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Data show that 12 million cars recalled due to airbag defects have not been repaired. He added :" There are still 30 million cars carrying faulty airbags, but they have never been recalled ."
The outbreak of Takata quality problem began with a traffic accident. On May 16, 2009, Ashley paheim, an 18-year-old American girl, drives a 2000 honda accord to pick up her younger brother from school. In the school parking lot, the car collided with another car. After the airbag was deployed, the girl was cut by a piece of metal ejected from the air bag and cut through the carotid artery, bleeding to death. And this event is also known as the "dead air bag" event.
Since the "Takata problem airbags" incident, more than 63 million takada airbags involving 19 automobile manufacturers in the United States have been recalled since 2013, which is also the largest automobile recall event in the history of the United States. The airbag inflator produced by takada is easy to explode, especially in high temperature and humid environment, the airbag will explode and injure members. In the United States alone, 16 people died, at least 250 were injured, and 25 died worldwide.
Takada initially developed the ammonium nitrate inflator to reduce the purchasing costs of car companies. The price of this chemical is one tenth of that of guanidine nitrate, a propellant used by airbag competitors - although many company engineers have reservations about it. Autoliv, another maker of airbags, tested takada's inflators and found them unsafe and could turn metal can shells into shrapnel.
After the "dead air bag" incident, takada began to manufacture a new type of aerator with desiccant, which is said to keep ammonium nitrate solution dry and prevent the accident from happening again.
The Obama administration said it gave takada an ultimatum in 2015 to prove that the new inflators are safe by the end of 2019, otherwise the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will recall another 30 million vehicles equipped with these inflators.
In May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finally came forward to say that these airbags are safe and are not worth recalling vehicles equipped with airbags. As of December 2019, more than 41 million vehicles in the United States have been recalled for carrying defective Takata airbags.
In this regard, Cox also said, "everything in the car market is carried out in secret, and they have not invited independent engineers to participate." It is understood that the U.S. government regulatory agencies did not ask takada engineers for their opinions and suggestions on the remedial measures.
In 2017, takada agreed to compensate and pay $1 billion in criminal penalties. A Chinese company named key safety systems bought Takata for $1.6 billion in 2018 and renamed the company joyson safety systems in Michigan. This Chinese funded institution is a subsidiary of Ningbo Junsheng Electronics Co., Ltd. (reporter Hou zhuocai)