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TAKATA AIRBAGS CASE 2 The root problem with the takata airbags was that these bags had the potential of inflating themselves in an explosive manner and this led to severe injuries and sometimes death to the occupants in a car fitted with the airbags. The company that made these airbags claimed that the reason behind these airbags deflating themselves was caused by the inflator in the airbags, a metal cartridge which was fitted with propellant wafers that in some cases ignited (O'carroll, 2018). Reports by the transportation authority claims that the airbags used ammonium nitrate- based propellant without a chemical drying agents. The moisture in the environment, high temperatures and the age of the car as associated with the defect had the potential of inflating the airbags and even send some shrapnel to the car occupants in the front seat (Consumer Reports, 2018). US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was initiated after the NHTSA received three injury complaints and these were responsible for making it known that the airbags fitted in the car models from 2002-2015 had been fitted with some defective airbags that could be dangerous to the public. As the company accused one of their subsidiaries in Mexico for improperly storing the chemicals used in making the airbags, recalls had to be made (Isidore & Marsh, 2015). Different ministries of transport in different regions made sure to block the importation of any vehicles that had faulty airbags. Owing to the injuries and the deaths as well as the losses that were incurred by the manufacturers of the cars that had to be recalled, Takata Company was faced with legal charges. These charges were to be distributed accordingly among the affected parties by the defective airbags and they included the injured persons, the families of the deceased, the investigation fees and the compensation for the automobile dealers who suffered the recall. The total fines that the company was charged amounted to one billion. This was distributed as: $25 million fine as well
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