Takata, NHTSA Initiate Two New Recalls for Faulty Airbag Inflators
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced two new recalls from embattled airbag manufacturer Takata.
Takata is recalling about 3.9 million PSDI-5 air bag inflators assembled as part of the driver-side frontal air bag modules in certain Audi, BMW, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Saab, Toyota and Volkswagen vehicles. Additionally, the manufacturer is recalling about 1.2 million SDI driver-side air bag inflators in certain Audi, Ford, Mazda, Sprinter and Volkswagen vehicles.
These inflators, used as original or replacement equipment during service, may rupture from exposure to persistent conditions of high absolute humidity and/or due to manufacturing variability.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's front air bag, the inflator could rupture, sending metal fragments flying throughout the vehicle, putting occupants at risk of serious injury or death.
Takata will be working with vehicle manufacturers to identify into which vehicles the affected inflators were installed either as original or replacement equipment during service. As this work progresses, numerous vehicle recalls will likely be announced by the impacted vehicle manufacturers. Ford and Toyota have already announced recalls.
NHTSA will supply further information as soon as possible.
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