New Federal Probe Into 30 Million Vehicles With Takata Airbags Launched

by Aryn Plax

Sep 28, 2021

Federal authorities launched an engineering analysis into roughly 30 million vehicles from two dozen automakers because the vehicles are equipped with Takata airbag inflators.

The investigation is not yet public. However, documents show that NHTSA is investigating model year 2001-2019 vehicles that were assembled and sold by BMW, Chrysler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota and other automakers.

Some vehicles have Takata inflators that were used in previous recall repairs.

Takata airbags are known to explode and send deadly shrapnel flying throughout the vehicle cabin, leading to 19 deaths in the United States, more than 400 injuries, and at least 28 deaths globally.

A frontal airbag has inflated.

These explosions occurred when the chemicals meant to inflate the airbag were exposed to moisture.

The Takata airbags in some of the 30 million vehicles have a “desiccant” or drying agent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that there have been no reports of these airbag inflators exploding or rupturing.

The Takata airbag crisis resulted in a recall of more than 67 million Takata airbags in the United States and more than 100 million globally, which lead to Takata declaring bankruptcy. Key Safety Systems, now part of Joyson Safety Systems, bought Takata’s assets.

Last year, auto safety advocate Jerry Cox said millions of vehicles with Takata airbags were still on the road. Earlier in 2021, NHTSA said that roughly 50 million out of 67 million vehicles with recalled inflators have been repaired, or at least accounted for.

Source: Automotive News