Guido Durrer was named CEO of the newly created airbag supplier Joyson Safety Systems in Auburn Hills, Michigan, last year. Durrer, 64, is rebuilding the global operations Joyson acquired from Takata, the Japanese airbag maker that collapsed because of defective and potentially deadly airbags.
Durrer spoke with Automotive News's Lindsay Chappell about the ongoing effort to ensure that Joyson distances itself from Takata's past product defects. Here are edited excerpts.
Q: How do you reassure the industry that Joyson has moved beyond the product quality problems of Takata?
A: We focus on quality. As a result of the Takata recall, we still have the Department of Justice involved in our company, and will until the middle of next year. We are going through a lot of programs to teach everyone processes and policies, to conduct audits that make sure that our people know what to do for safety and quality. We are instilling a new culture, that safety comes first.
What does the Justice Department have you doing?
We are going through about 150 tasks globally, at about 100 plants, to go through all correct procedures, audit each plant and make sure we are aligned globally, to correct mistakes, correct people's mindsets, install new equipment.