According to a news article posted on autoblog.com, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the agency has opened a new investigation into additional 30 million motor vehicles that might contain one or more of the dangerous, defective airbag inflators manufactured by the Takata Corporation. The recalled Takata airbag inflators have been shown to send potentially deadly metal fragments flying into the face of affected vehicles’ occupants when the airbags deploy.
The current global Takata recall is the largest auto safety recall in history, and the recall affects over 67 million Takata airbag inflators in the United States and over 100 million defective airbag inflators worldwide. It is estimated that millions of vehicles still have the potentially deadly airbags.
The news report states that defective Takata airbag inflators have caused the death of at least 28 people, and have resulted in over 400 injuries. In the United States, sixteen people were killed by the defective inflators inside Honda vehicles. Two people were killed in recalled inflators in Ford vehicles, and one was killed due to a defective inflator inside a BMW.
According to the NHTSA’s announcement, an additional 30 million motor vehicles were manufactured by about 24 auto manufacturers from 2001 to 2019 are being investigated. The investigation involved approximately 1,400 different motor vehicle models. The vehicles involved in the investigation, include Ford, Honda, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Tesla, Ferrari, Subaru, Daimler, Mazda, Chrysler, BMW, Jaguar, Porsche, Land Rover, and several others.
The new NHTSA investigation involves an engineering analysis and the vehicles have not been included in the recall at this time. According to the NHSTA, the new Takata airbag inflator investigation is examining the desiccant (drying agent) that is designed to prevent moisture from degrading the airbag device. The current Takata recalls involved the propellant that may break down once with long-term exposure to large fluctuations in humidity and temperatures. Those previously recalled airbags did not contain any drying agents.
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