Takata airbag recall for 30 million vehicles investigation- 200 car models probed
U.S. probes Takata air bags in 200 models from 20 automakers. Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall due to the potential to explode and hurl shrapnel. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths. 384 models from twenty-four automakers are being looked at but have not yet been recalled
Vehicles involved in the probe are Honda, Fiat Chrysler (now Stellantis), General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Tesla, BMW, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Daimler Vans, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, Mazda, Karma, Fisker, Spartan Fire vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating air bag inflators made from 2011 through 2019 by now-bankrupt Takata that weren’t recalled previously.
NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.
The Seattle Times reported, “The probe could reverse a decision made in May of last year not to recall the inflators, which contain a moisture-absorbing chemical called a desiccant wasn’t clear what prompted the agency to open the investigation. Last year, it decided against recalling the inflators, based largely on industry research, and said it would monitor them.”