“Airbag Maker Takata Saw and Hid Risk in 2004, Former Workers Say”

Hiroko Tabuchi. “Airbag Maker Takata Saw and Hid Risk in 2004, Former Workers Say.” The New York Times. 6 Nov. 2014.

“Alarmed by a report a decade ago that one of its airbags had ruptured and spewed metal debris at a driver in Alabama, the Japanese manufacturer Takata secretly conducted tests on 50 airbags it retrieved from scrapyards, according to two former employees involved in the tests, one of whom was a senior member of its testing lab…

The two spoke on the condition of anonymity because of fear of retribution…

“That put a lot of pressure and incentive on us to never miss a shipment,” said one of the former managers. “I’d argue, ‘what if my daughter bought the car with the bad airbag?’ But the plant would tell us, ‘Just ship it.’”   read in full