Greeting from the President
Takata, as a developer and manufacturer of seat belts, airbags, child restraints and other automotive safety system products, has for many years contributed to traffic safety in society. Our dream is for a world in which there are zero fatalities and injuries from traffic accidents-a world in which the value of human life is protected and people can travel in safety.
Today, traffic accidents still take a terrible toll in injuries and deaths. Particularly in India, China and other fast-growing countries in Asia where the motorization of society has accelerated, there is a pressing need for a completely new approach to safety, because merely extending the results of existing research will not be sufficient to address the issues. We urgently need to redefine what we mean by real safety and develop systems to make that a reality.
Is it really possible to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries to zero? We certainly believe so, even though we are currently a long way from that goal. This means that we must constantly pursue a higher level of safety and never accept that the status quo will suffice.
When seat belts and airbags were first developed, few people believed they were necessary. But through perseverance and repeated demonstrations they gained acceptance and proved their worth. Of course, there are limits to what a single company can do. It is clear to me that we need to bring together and research ideas from a wide range of viewpoints, stimulating vigorous debate among people who share the same ultimate goal and expanding our knowledge.
Takata Foundation was established as a means of bringing our dream ever closer to reality, drawing together a wide group of people to support traffic safety research with a particular focus on the human angle. Now, as our operations grow from year to year, we are seeing the fruits of our efforts.
Our aim now is to promote the involvement of an even younger group of people and support the development of creative, open-minded researchers who can pursue the bold ideas needed to take traffic safety to the next level. I hope that you will join me in our efforts.
President, Takata Foundation