By on November 23, 2015

 

Ford announced Monday that it would no longer use airbag inflators made by beleaguered supplier Takata. It’s the latest automaker to join a growing list of companies abandoning the controversial parts maker, Automotive News reported.

Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Toyota all announced they wouldn’t be using the airbag inflators, which could explode and spray metal shards into drivers and passengers, after the company’s record recall and fine by the Department of Transportation. Roughly 1.5 million Fords have been recalled as part of the airbag recall that has affected 19 million cars by 12 different automakers.

So far, eight deaths and nearly 100 injuries have been blamed on the faulty airbags. 

This month, Takata said it would be exploring all options to survive.

“We are considering some plans to survive, but it is not at the stage I can talk about yet,” CEO Shigehisa Takada said earlier this month.

At its height, airbag sales comprised about 38 percent of Takata’s revenue. Federal regulators told the supplier that it would not be able to market and sell an airbag without proving that it could safely inflate.

Takata was fined $70 million for withholding data from regulators and lying about the safety of their airbags. The Japanese auto supplier faces another $130 million in fines if it doesn’t comply with orders, which include hiring an independent monitor.

The supplier also produces seat belts, electronics (including seat sensors and lane departure warning systems), steering wheel systems and racing products.

The company has shed more than half of its market value this year and the U.S. recall is expected to cost around $2.1 billion.

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