Independent panel provides recommendations for quality improvements
Chicago (Feb. 2, 2016) - The Independent Takata Corporation Quality Assurance Panel, tasked with conducting an unbiased review of Takata’s current quality-related practices, today released its report titled, Ensuring Quality Across the Board. The report can be found at www.takatapanel.com.
The Panel, led by former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and White House Chief of Staff Samuel Skinner, was created to review how Takata responds to concerns about quality; review Takata’s current manufacturing procedures for best practices in the production of safe inflators; and make recommendations about how Takata can improve moving forward.
The Panel focused on current quality-related practices, and
did not evaluate the products that prompted the current recalls or the
processes employed when the products of concern were manufactured.
Panel members include:
- Marion C. Blakey, Administrator of the FAA (2002-2007); NHTSA Administrator (1992-1993)
- Nelda J. Connors, former automotive executive; CEO Pine Grove Holdings, LLC
- John C. Landgraf, former executive vice president Abbott Laboratories (1977-2015)
- Dr. Julio M. Ottino, Dean, Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University
- Dr. Jeffrey Runge, NHTSA Administrator (2001-2005)
- John W. Snow, U.S. Secretary of Treasury (2003-2006), NHTSA Administrator (1976-1977)
safety is paramount, and product quality is a
vital component of product safety,” said Samuel
Skinner, chairman of the Independent Takata Corporation Quality
Assurance Panel. “The Panel spent 12 months
examining Takata’s current quality practices, and made significant
recommendations to improve the quality operation and ensure that the company
meets the highest standards of product safety.”
Skinner added, “Takata has committed to us that leadership
will do everything within its power to implement the Panel’s recommendations.
In order to do so, Takata should create a team to oversee the implementation of
the recommendations and create a comprehensive quality training program to
facilitate and guide implementation. We expect Takata to update the Panel on
progress in approximately one year.”
report: www.takatapanel.com. An audio news conference about the Panel’s findings takes
place on Feb. 2, 2016, 10 a.m. ET. Skinner is available for questions during
the news conference. Media may access the news conference by calling (844)
529-0686 (U.S. callers) or (970) 372-2155 (international) with the conference
ID of 41464091. A replay of the press conference will be available 24 hours
following the event at www.takatapanel.com.