U.S. Opens Investigation into Airbags in 30 Million Vehicles

By Paul Riegler on 20 September 2021
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe into some 30 million vehicles manufactured by 20 automakers over potentially defective air bag inflators.

The vehicles, manufactured in model years 2001 through 2019, had air bag systems manufactured by Takata, which filed for bankruptcy in 2017.

The list of automakers involved includes BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, and Toyota.

The news was first reported by Reuters, which cited a government document it had reviewed.

Takata air bag inflators have been at the center of multiple recalls and over 400 people have been injured due to faulty air bags on a global basis, including 28 deaths. Over 67 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled in the United States and more than 100 million worldwide.

“While no present safety risk has been identified, further work is needed to evaluate the future risk of non-recalled desiccated inflators,” NHTSA said in its analysis, according to Reuters. “Further study is needed to assess the long-term safety of desiccated inflators.”

The safety agency said the investigation “will require extensive information on Takata production processes and surveys of inflators in the field.”

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