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Takata Quality Report 2016



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This 47-page report, released in February 2016 by an independent panel, assesses shortcomings in Takata Corp.'s corporate culture that led to the recall of some 40 million of the company's aibag inflators.

The devices have been linked to at least 10 fatalities and 139 injuries when they exploded during a crash.

The analysis faults Takata's management practices, product design and manufacturing processes and its procedures for dealing with quality concerns. The report says the company relied too heavily on its customers and government regulators to flag quality problem. It concludes Takata must improve its own abilities to track quality, assess product designs and conduct research.

The seven-member review team was headed by Samuel Skinner, a former U.S. transportation secretary, and included two former heads of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The panel’s mission was to assess Takata’s procedures, but not the design of the company’s flawed inflators.





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