Thursday, November 26, 2015

Takata engineer Bob Schubert says the company "prettied up" test data

I feel pretty...

"Japanese-style business practices" exposed...sounds familiar

In January 2005, a U.S. Takata engineer, Bob Schubert, detailed what he said was altered information with a different inflater. He said Takata dressed up data, in some cases removing unflattering test results.
Mr. Schubert said Takata was “prettying up” data in a way described as “the way we do business in Japan,” according to an earlier undated draft of the memo to another employee. “The practice confounded my engineers,” he wrote, adding that they addressed it by ensuring products were still compliant with supporting data.
“It has come to my attention that the practice has gone beyond all reasonable bounds and now most likely constitutes fraud,” Mr. Schubert wrote. He said his conscience required reporting the discrepancies.