Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Takata Panel Finds Problems with Its Quality Processes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Takata Panel Finds Problems with Its Quality Processes

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DETROIT * Embattled air bag maker Takata Corp. lacks processes that would improve the quality of its products, including air bag inflators that have been blamed for at least 11 deaths and 139 injuries, an outside panel hired by the company has found.

The panel chaired by former U.S. Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner determined that Takata has no program in place to find quality problems once its products are installed in cars and trucks. It also faults the company for letting products move through the design process with unresolved problems and says Takata needs to develop its own standards for testing quality and safety rather than relying on automakers and regulators.

The group was formed a year ago amid a crisis with Takata air bag inflators. The company uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion that instantly fills air bags in a crash. …

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