Washington DC - Embattled airbag maker Takata has been told by an independent panel to improve management oversight and automation as the faulty airbag scandal continues to rock the global auto industry.
The panel, commissioned Takata and led by Samuel Skinner, a former US secretary of transportation, said the company needed to strengthen its quality culture after its airbags caused at least 10 deaths worldwide from sudden explosions.
Safety regulators in the United States have discovered that the inflators attached to the airbags can rupture, sending shrapnel into occupants of cars. Some of the focus of investigations is on the stability of the chemical propellant in the inflators.
The Skinner panel was not charged with finding what went wrong to create the faulty airbag problem, but instead to see how the company, which is accused of covering up the problem for years, should reform going ahead.
It found that Takata's program for monitoring the quality of its airbags, installed in tens of millions of cars worldwide, was poorly designed and structured, and relied too much on the automakers' oversight.