More than 30 million vehicles produced between 2001 and 2019 may be subject to a new recall campaign for the repair of the Takata airbag system. In relation to this number of cars, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) has reopened an investigation.
A new reason for the regulator’s attention to the Takata pillows was the suspicion of the destruction of the integrity of the squib shell from prolonged exposure to temperature and humidity changes. Assessing the potential hazard will take some time.
“We will demand full information about the manufacturing process of the device and collect more data about the state of the device on vehicles during operation,” the NHTSA press service said.
The investigation will include cars manufactured by Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, BMW, Daimler AG, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover, Ferrari, Tesla and others.
We will remind, the global scandal with Takata thundered in 2016-2017. The company’s airbags incorrectly deployed and scattered small fragments, resulting in 28 deaths and more than 400 injuries. Around the world, more than 100 million vehicles have been recalled to replace defective components – this is the largest auto safety service campaign in history. Due to the scandal, Takata went bankrupt, its assets were bought by the Chinese corporation Key Safety Systems in 2017.