By on February 3, 2017

Takata, the damned Japanese parts supplier with the exceptionally dangerous airbags, has lost the two top executives at its United States headquarters. According to their LinkedIn profiles, former North American President Kevin Kennedy and former Executive Vice President Robert Fisher are no longer with the company.

Meanwhile, BMW Group is recalling roughly 230,000 vehicles in the U.S. after discovering that some could have been outfitted with defective Takata Corp. airbag inflators during repairs. 

The affected vehicles used airbags produced by Petri AG — a German supplier bought by Takata in 2000. If those vehicles needed a replacement airbag module any time afterward, Takata’s defective PSDI-4 inflators would have been used, BMW spokeswoman Rebecca Kiehne told Bloomberg.

At-risk vehicles include the 2000-2002 3 Series, 2001-2003 5 Series, and 2001-2002 X5 SUVs. BMW dealerships will inspect these affected vehicles and replace any Takata inflators they discover, Kiehne said.

As for the company’s American management, the current management hierarchy is anyone’s guess. Inside sources told Automotive News that it was not clear whether the two executives resigned or had been fired, though their departures seemed sudden.

Takata has been involved in the largest recall in automotive history, with an estimated 100 million defective airbag inflators needing replacement worldwide. The defective inflators have been attributed to 16 deaths globally, 11 of which occurred in the United States.

[Image: Takata Corp.]

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7 Comments on “Takata Axes Its North American Management as Airbag Recall Expands to More BMWs...”

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    In unrelated news, two rich white dudes were seen shopping for enormous quantities of high-nitrogen fertilizer.

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    Honda Deathwatch?

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      But if there’s a lesson in this for car mfrs, it’s to check your supplier’s work carefully. Then again, your suppliers are supposed to tackle issues for which you don’t have core competence and/or time to cover.

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    Kennedy and Fisher will have Takata on their resumes… not necessarily a good thing, these days. Good luck to them.

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    What, so soon? 100,000,000 vehicles with Takata’s wasn’t enough, but 230,000 BMW’s put someone over the edge? I guess we know what the big boss drives.

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    As a former owner of a 2004 Smart ForTwo, equipped with a Petri made steering wheel, I wondered if it also had a Takata bag in it and that it was in need of recall but had been overlooked, forgotten, or deliberately ignored by Takata or Daimler.

    It is now interesting to note that BMW has opened their can of worms and I’m wondering how many other OEMs will have new announcements.

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    “not clear whether the two executives resigned or had been fired”

    Your headline makes it pretty damn clear.

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