Someone’s gotta fix all those airbags

RECALL-monitor-air-bag1Steve’s breakdown: There’s no way Takata will be able to fix the 8 million recalled cars so who’s going pick up the slack? AutoLiv, TRW, and Daicel are on top of the list but nobody knows anything about them.

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AURURN HILLS, MI & LIVONIA, MI & FORT LEE, NJ: Can other suppliers beside Takata step in to fill the gaps?

As recently as the fall of 2014 it looked unlikely that other airbag suppliers could pick up the slack. There was little spare assembly capacity anywhere, and rival systems used different designs. That picture is changing, and other major suppliers are now involved, including AutoLiv, TRW, and Daicel. Takata has said that it is now using competitors’ products in half the inflator-replacement kits it is churning out, and expects that number to reach more than 70 percent. Those rival suppliers also use a propellant that hasn’t been implicated in the problems Takata has experienced.

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