The risk is increasing of Takata facing a cash crunch as the cost of its global airbag recall spirals ever-upwards, analysts warn.
"Takata is in a very difficult position," SMBC Nikko's manager of credit research Takayuki Atake told CNBC by phone. The cost of the recall in the U.S., the largest in the country's history, could cost the Japanese airbag maker around 250 billion yen ($2.1 billion), which would "wipe out the company's capital and cash," he said.
Two years after the first deaths linked to defective inflators for Takata's airbags, the Japanese company agreed on Tuesday to double the number of airbags to be recalled in the U.S. to nearly 34 million vehicles. So far, six deaths and hundreds of injuries have been associated with Takata airbags exploding due to faulty inflators.
The value of the company's shares dropped by more than 10 percent on Wednesday and fell another 1.77 percent on Thursday. Its outstanding bonds are trading at 75 on face value, indicating investors are braced for the possibility of a default.
This recall will not, however, put an end to Takata's troubles: the company faces legal action in the U.S. and Canada, which analysts concede potentially pose an even bigger risk.