US investigates 30 million vehicles equipped with Takata defective airbags – News source

The US Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Tuesday that it has opened an investigation into 30 million vehicles manufactured in the US by various car manufacturers that are equipped with defective airbags produced by the Japanese group Takata, reports Reuters

These are models from 2001 to 2019 and the technical analysis covers 1,384 different models of model vehicles.

No safety risks have been identified so far and drivers do not have to take urgent action, the NHTSA said.

In the last decade, more than 100 million Takata airbags, of which 67 million in the United States, have been replaced due to fears that they could explode.

Globally, there have been more than 400 accidents and 28 deaths, including 19 in the United States, related to Takata’s defective airbags.

The new investigation includes vehicles assembled by Honda, Ford, Toyota, General Motors, Nissan, Subaru, Tesla, Ferrari, Mazda, Daimler AG, BMW, Chrysler (now part of the Stellantis NV group), Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover, informs Agerpres.ro .

“Although no safety risks have been identified, further analysis is needed to assess the future risks posed by airbags that have not been recalled for service,” the NHTSA said in a statement.

Honda said “car manufacturers have been working with the NHTSA for several years to ensure the safety of airbags.”

Takata front airbags contain a pyrotechnic staple possibly assembled with non-compliant pyrotechnic material, which, in the event of an accident in which the front airbags are activated, could cause the pyrotechnic staple to break and trigger abnormally.

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