Honda Motor Co. last week rolled out its 2013 email in which one of its workers recommended that he is aware about some concealed truth about the main cause of air bag failures of Takata Corp., but the engineer later claimed that he was misguided.
The email from the engineer was revealed from Honda in a statement in a class action suit as part of its defense in Florida, where plaintiffs are looking for reimbursement for the lost value of vehicles owing to faults in air bag inflators of Takata. The inflators can blow up with extreme force, rolling out metal shrapnel at travelers in trucks and cars.
The inflators encouraged the largest ever safety recall of the automotive industry and have been connected to at least 16 deaths globally. Nine of the eleven U.S. deaths have been accounted in 2001–2003 models of Acura and Honda vehicles.
The July 18, 2013 email of engineer, initially posted in Japanese and interpreted by Honda, is a fraction of a switch over with a coworker at the company.
“I am a witness in the dark who knows the truth about Takata’s inflator recall,” the engineer, whose name is not revealed out in statement by the company, wrote in his email. “If I say something to NHTSA, it will cause a complete reversal in the auto industry which adopted Takata inflators,” added the engineer, who stated to his coworker he had been taken off work related to air bag by Honda due to his supposed inner knowledge.
NHTSA stands for the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In a confirmed affidavit registered with a federal court dated June 1, 2017, the engineer approved that he had been misguided, however.
When he posted the email to his coworker, he was writing about an occasion that took place on October 16, 1999 in which a sample air bag inflator of Takata ruptured, the engineer claimed.
On the basis of later findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “I now understand that I was incorrect and the root cause of the field events is not related to the root cause of the October 1999 rupture,” he claimed in the email.