Takata is facing a never-ending battle as the company loses more face in the public. It appears that the massive recall being implemented is considered to be the biggest airbag recall the United States has ever had. Owing to the gigantic change, notions of Takata gaining back its integrity and rising from its downfall is unlikely to happen especially after Tesla joined the list.
Bloomberg reports that "The expanded recall of Takata Corp. air-bags adds more cars and more automakers and will strain its ability to deliver replacement parts, adding uncertainty to the largest and most complex auto-safety campaign in U.S. history and with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's announcement on Wednesday that 35 million to 40 million inflators will be added to the recalls, the total number of parts to be replaced could reach 69 million."
The figures are not mere numbers, but it is a clear indicator of how low Takata has fallen. Moreover, the universal recall now stretches to 17 different manufacturers, including the just-added Tesla Motors Inc and the agency is trying to coordinate with all of the carmakers, plus three air-bag suppliers in addition to Takata, directing parts first to cars that pose the greatest risk, reports the same post.
Meanwhile, "Takata has been in close consultation with NHTSA regarding the severe challenges it will face in supplying replacement parts for the expanded recalls," the company said in a statement. "Takata will continue to offer its best effort and cooperation.
More report from USA Today revealed the gravity and impact of the airbag crisis. According the report, "The defective air bags are at risk of rupturing violently in a collision, hurling fiery shrapnel into drivers and passengers as well as the fatalities of about 100 people have been injured.
All major automakers are affected by the recall. Estimates show that nearly one-quarter of all vehicles on the road in the U.S. could be subject to the recall, though 8.2 million had already been fixed as of April 22, and drivers will receive notices when it's time for their repairs, as noted by the same post.
It is inevitable that Takata would face much scrutiny and the outcome of losing more face in the public. With the crisis being marked as the biggest airbag recall in US, the hurdle is taking a downpour. Can Takata ultimately rise up from this massive disgrace?