Takata, the auto part supplier had conducted tests on automotive air bags. These tests were secretly conducted on air bags which were recovered from a junkyard. Some surprising results came from these tests and were knowingly hidden from regulators.
It was found that the automotive air bags could crack in a way so that it could harm the passengers. These tests were conducted after it was reported in The New York Times in 2004 that inflator from one such air bags had hit a driver in Alabama and he was reportedly hit with metal debris.
In the tests secretly carried out by Takata, it was found that two of the inflators cracked during the test. These results left the company engineers in a fix and they were left guessing for a possible solution.
Cars from distinct manufacturers use air bags from Takata. After this news surfaced, around 7.78 million cars are in the process of being recalled back after this news surfaced. The same are being recalled as any faulty airbag could cause severe injury to the person involved. It is now feared that two recent deaths which occurred in accidents in the recent past could be associated with these faulty automotive air bags.
The tests were secretly conducted in 2004 and it was only recently that the news came in public preview. Data relating to the findings of these tests was hushed up and never reported to the regulators, some former employees of the company pointed out.
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