As we discussed in class yesterday, the recall of Takata airbags has proven to have an immense effect on the auto industry by rendering several million cars unsellable and several million others unsafe. With nearly 64 million airbags recalled in the United States alone, the Takata airbag recall is the largest recall the US has ever seen. After careful testing, scientists revealed that the cause of the airbag defect is exposure to moisture and temperature fluctuation over time. The propellant chemical/gas is extremely volatile and cheap, and it is now clear that Takata tried to cut corners and coverup evidence that the airbags might be unsafe as early as 2000. 11 deaths later, 10 of which have occurred in the US, Takata is facing severe repercussions, especially when it was discovered that Takata performed testing of old airbag inflators retrieved from junkyards and found that 2 of the tested airbags did not pass the testing. The data was promptly destroyed, and Takata deliberately continued to deceive the public and skirt around safety regulations. So why did it take the public so long to react to the airbag recall? Some 4000 airbags were recalled in 2008, but confusion and lack of communication hindered the investigation. Now, 8 years later, the ramifications are even greater and valuable time has been lost, not to mention the unbelievable amount of unstable cars on the road and in dealership lots.