Feds Step Up Takata Air Bag Recall
July 15, 2016
The federal government is cranking up its efforts to get the word out about defective Takata airbags after the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered the underlying cause of the inflator’s ability to rupture.1
The NHTSA hopes its efforts will accelerate the repair an additional 40 million potentially defective airbag inflators by expanding this recall.
Efforts to Alert Vehicle Owners about the Airbag Recall Expansion
The NHTSA recently issued an Amended Consent Order, requiring the Takata to make several safety changes and take certain actions to assist car makers in recalling roughly 40 million defective inflators. This is in addition to the 28 million Takata airbags that have already been recalled (since June 2014).
The acceleration of this recall is based on scientific evidence and will protect all Americans from air bag inflators that may become unsafe. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox
The Alarming Findings about the Dangers of Defective Takata Airbags
Regulators at the NHTSA recently commissioned researchers to investigate exactly what is causing certain Takata airbags to rupture – and, in doing so, hurl small pieces of metal at vehicle occupants. According to this study’s findings, the inflators in the defective Takata airbags do not contain a drying agent referred to as desiccant.
This drying agent reportedly absorbs moisture in the air, stabilizing the inflators. The lack of desiccant, however, seems to be triggering airbag failures, especially in humid regions of the U.S. (where there is more moisture in the air that can contribute to airbag ruptures).
Phases of the Takata Airbag Recall
Currently, the Takata airbag recall has been broken up into five phases, based on level of risk to motorists whose vehicles contain potentially faulty Takata airbags. These phases are as follows:
Phase 1 – Time/Age of inflators (with older inflators prioritized for repair)
Phase 2 – Exposure to high humidity/moisture (with inflators located in more humid regions prioritized for repair)
Phase 3 – Fluctuating temperatures (with inflators in more volatile climates prioritized for repair)
Phase 4 – Temperatures accelerate degradation of inflator integrity (with inflators in high-temperature regions prioritized for repair)
Phase 5 – Remaining defective inflators to be repaired.
“NHTSA’s aggressive actions in 2015 means this recall is already a year ahead of where it would have been if the agency had waited for this research,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “As a result, all of the most dangerous inflators responsible for the deaths and injuries are already under recall.”
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1NHTSA press release announcing the expansion and acceleration of the ongoing Takata airbag recall