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Takata recall (continued from p. 13)
Takata has said it can make millions
of new air bags in a year but likely can't
produce the tens of millions needed to
al quality director at Valeo, an automotive
supplier in Germany.4
Radics said quality involvement
replace all the defective ones. As a result,
must be taken even one step further as
some automakers have had to turn to
global platforms become the future of car
other suppliers for replacements.
In addition, about 400,000 replacement air bags that had been installed to
repair previously recalled vehicles will
need to be replaced again because they
contain the batwing-shaped propellant
wafer that could be causing the problem.
Quality is paramount
of increased globalization, modularization
While using common parts
and reducing suppliers
can result in savings, it
also means quality
problems can have
a larger impact.
To prevent more recalls like this in an era
"Common parts with the same speci-
and consolidation among automakers and
fications from various countries and on
suppliers, consultant Radics said auto-
different tools must be manufactured in
makers and tier-one suppliers must inte-
a way that they are absolutely identical in
grate their quality managers even more
quality," he said, "so that they can be in-
into the product development process.
stalled at any other factory at any time."5
In addition, OEMs must work closely
-compiled by Amanda Hankel,
with suppliers to maintain quality stan-
dards. "When there are new product
launches, we train our suppliers in the appropriate methods and processes when
necessary and go into their factories to
make sure there is a stable production
process," said Sabine Woytowicz, region-
Mr. Pareto Head
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http://bit.ly/1QEZhvv (case sensitive).
4. Wilhelm Missler, "With the Push for Standard Parts,
Quality Is Key," Automotive News, Aug. 6, 2014, http://
bit.ly/1HWzkmH (case sensitive).
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Vehicles Lead to Biggest Recall in History," Washington
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June 6, 2013, http://bit.ly/1IpCZfo (case sensitive).
Agence France-Presse, "Takata Still Searching for 'Root
Cause' of Deadly Airbags," June 3, 2015, http://yhoo.
it/1F44pTs (case sensitive).
Atiyeh, Clifford and Rusty Blackwell, "Massive Takata
Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including
Full List of Affected Vehicles," Car and Driver, June 5,
2015, http://bit.ly/1tnc5yX (case sensitive).
ConsumerReports.org, "Everything You Need to Know
About the Takata Airbag Recall," June 5, 2015, http://bit.
ly/1E8HOaC (case sensitive).
Greimel, Hans, "Toyota's Massive Engine Overhaul,"
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Isidore, Chris, "Takata Recall Shock: Replacement Airbags
Must be Replaced," CNNMoney, June 2, 2015, http://
Ivory, Danielle and Hiroko Tabuchi, "Takata Says it Will
No Longer Make Side Inflater Linked to Airbag Defect,"
New York Times, June 1, 2015, http://nyti.ms/1FErRrZ
Krisher, Tom, "General Motors, Subaru Models Added to
Massive Takata Air Bag Recall," Associated Press, May
29, 2015, http://bit.ly/1FLs5fN (case sensitive).
Krisher, Tom, "Mazda Adds 540,000 Vehicles to Takata Air
Bag Recall," Associated Press, http://abcn.ws/1GlyPG1
Rogers, Christina, "Volkswagen Plans 4 Million Cars From
One Platform: VW's Modular Unit Will Be the Basis for
More Than 40 Models Worldwide," Autoweek, April 11,
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BY MIKE CROSSEN
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