Tokyo - Car parts maker Takata faced a further blow on Saturday, after carmaker Nissan followed Toyota and Honda in deciding to cease its use of the crisis-hit company's airbag inflators.
Nissan said it will no longer use inflators that contain ammonium nitrate following an announcement from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which announced up to $200 million (R2.83bn) in penalties against Takata and criticised the Tokyo-based firm over a years-long deception over the safety of its airbags.
Takata's airbag defect - thought to be associated with the chemical propellant that helps inflate the devices - can cause them to deploy with explosive force, sending metal shrapnel hurtling toward drivers and passengers.
The exploding airbags have been linked with eight deaths and scores of injures, and some 50 million vehicles worldwide have been recalled over the problem.
“In line with the recent announcement from the United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration we have decided to no longer use inflators containing ammonium nitrate in airbags for future models,” Nissan said in a brief statement.