Wednesday, November 4, 2015

        Honda to stop using Takata airbag inflators in new models. In a front-page story, the New York Times (11/4, A1, Tabuchi, Ivory, Subscription Publication, 11.64M) reports that on Tuesday, Honda announced that it was dropping “Takata as its airbag supplier,” saying that the manufacturer had “misrepresented and manipulated test data.” According to the article, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx “also said that Takata manipulated the test data.” The NHTSA is quoted as saying in its consent order that in several cases, “Takata produced testing reports that contained selective, incomplete, or inaccurate data.” Honda announced that it would not use front driver or passenger Takata airbag inflators in new vehicles under development.

        According to the Los Angeles Times (11/4, Puzzanghera, 3.6M), Honda said that “it is working with other suppliers to replace Takata inflators” already in its vehicles. 

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