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30 million cars under investigation for Takata air bags


AmericaThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation to evaluate 30 million vehicles from the 2001-2019 model year fitted with Takata airbags.

The investigation is carried out with vehicles belonging to brands including Honda, Ford, Toyota, General Motors, Nissan, Subaru, Tesla, Ferrari, Mazda, Daimler, BMW, Chrysler, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover and some other brands. In total, there are more than 20 car companies.

Over the past decade, more than 67 million Takata airbag inflators have been recalled in the United States, and more than 100 million units worldwide, marking the largest recall in the history of the auto industry. The reason is that the airbag inflator can explode and send out deadly sharp shards in the event of a collision.

There have been at least 28 deaths around the world, including 19 in the US, and more than 400 injuries related to the bug.

A recalled Takata airbag inflator is removed from a car in June 2015. Photo: Reuters

The 30 million vehicles mentioned above are subject to new investigations, with airbag inflators all containing moisture-proofing, or drying agents. According to NHTSA documentation, no rupture occurred with airbag pumps containing this substance.

“Although there is no safety risk, investigation is still needed to assess the potential risk with the unrecalled airbag inflator. Further research is also needed to assess the long-term safety of the pump type. air bags with moisture-repellant,” NHTSA said.

The agency has said that the cause of the airbag inflators explosion is closely related to the recall of 67 million airbag inflators, that deadly debris is thrown out over time affected by changes in temperature and humidity. . NHTSA has required all similar air bags without moisture repellent to be recalled.

Takata’s scandal began with the company using ammonium nitrate, a cheaper drying agent than other airbag suppliers, to reduce costs. Volatile ammonium nitrate compounds are very dangerous in the airbag inflator, the important part that pushes the airbag to inflate. The airbag exploded so strongly that metal shards pierced the occupants of the vehicle, causing injuries.

In the US, reports recorded 16 deaths in Hondas, two in Fords and one in BMW. In addition, nine other people lost their lives in Honda vehicles in Malaysia, Brazil and Mexico.

Among the airbags in this investigation of 30 million vehicles in the US, there are airbags that have been fitted since the vehicle was manufactured at the factory, and the airbags have been replaced in vehicles that have been recalled by the fault. relate to.

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