20 May NHTSA Ready to Initiate Formal Recall Process for Defective Takata Airbags
Takata, a Japan-based airbag manufacturer, has recently agreed to cooperate with all regulatory mandates and oversight from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with regards to its defective airbags.
According to the NHTSA announcement:
Takata has admitted that a defect exists in the deflators present in its driver-side and passenger-side airbags.
- NHTSA regulators have issued Takata a Consent Order, expanding the recall to 34 million vehicles and requiring the company to comply with all actions necessary for the recall process.
As the NHTSA reports, defective Takata airbags have killed at least six people worldwide.
Remarking on the importance of the NHTSA actions, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has stated:
Today is a major step forward for public safety…The Department of Transportation is taking the proactive steps necessary to ensure that defective inflators are replaced with safe ones as quickly as possible, and that the highest risks are addressed first. We will not stop our work until every air bag is replaced.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind expressed similar thoughts, explaining that:
From the very beginning, our goal has been simple: a safe air bag in every vehicle…The steps we’re taking today represent significant progress toward that goal. We all know that there is more work to do, for NHTSA, for the auto makers, for parts suppliers, and for consumers. But we are determined to get to our goal as rapidly as possible.
Background on the Takata Airbag Problems
The defective Takata airbags that have been recalled in the U.S. reportedly contain inflators that have a propellant that:
- Can degrade over time
- Seems to be sensitive to the presence of moisture, which reportedly can cause the chemical propellant to ignite upon airbag deployment
- Can result in airbags deploying and shooting small metal shards at the occupants of vehicles (similar to shrapnel, according to some experts).
Investigators have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of the airbag failure, and the NHTSA is continuing analyze test results and engineering reports to try to discover the root cause.
As the formal recall process moves forward, the next steps will likely be prioritizing the regions for initiating the first stages of the recall action.
As more news on this defective Takata airbag recall becomes available, we’ll bring you the latest updates here in our blog. In the meantime, share your comments with us on Facebook & Google+.
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