The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of an additional 1.4 million vehicles using Takata airbags nationwide because of new quality problems with airbags made by Japan’s Takata Corp. On December 4, local time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that Takata airbags may have ruptured or under-inflated when used in hot and humid environments, and that deaths have occurred in such accidents.
The recall covers some of BMW, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota and Mitsubishi, which were made between 1995 and 2000, CNBC reported.
BMW has issued a recall notice, recalling 116,000 faulty vehicles in three separate ways and advising owners of 8,000 of them not to drive until they are repaired. A NEW AUSTRALIAN BMW 3 Series owner has died from safety problems with Takata airbags, while one Australian and Cypriot 3-year-old has been injured for the same reason, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by BMW.
Honda and Toyota said they were evaluating how many cars might be affected. Mitsubishi said it had not received any quality reports related to the recall.
The incidents are a continuation of Afora’s years-long scandal of bankruptcy two years ago.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the Takata airbag recall is the largest and most complex in U.S. history, with 41.6 million vehicles recalled worldwide.
It is understood that the previous recall of vehicles related to Takata airbags mainly because of design errors, resulting in the failure of the catalyst moisture, when the airbag ejected due to the accident, the catalyst burned faster than expected, thus causing greater pressure on the steel structure of the booster pump, further causing the steel structure to break and spray debris out to cause casualties.
U.S. consumers report that Takata’s airbag failure has killed at least 24 people and injured at least 300 others.
Takata filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2017 after soaring recall costs for defective airbags and in November of that year for $1.588 billion, it was transferred to The U.S. auto parts company, Payed Automotive Safety Systems (KSS), a Chinese company.
According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Takata produces and sells 4.45 million booster pumps worldwide. Takata said only some of the vehicles are still in use because of the age of the vehicles that may be affected.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement that it was discussing the recall with other automakers and called on owners to go to their official website sly plans for specific recall details.