Takata Air Bags Linked to 17 Deaths
Takata air bag inflators have been linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries. The recalls will eventually involve roughly 125 million inflators. The NHTSA said new testing is prompting the recall of some driver-side air bags made from 2012–2015.
Nissan Versa Recall
Nissan said that “out of an abundance of caution,” it will recall 627,000 Versa cars from 2007-2012, including 515,000 in the U.S.. Nissan will notify Versa owners within 60 days.
Ford spokesman John Cangany said the issue covers roughly 2.2 million Ford vehicles. Ford has five days to respond to the Takata filing. Mr. Cangany said Ford is “aware of Takata’s submission, and we have been in regular contact with the agency on the issue. Importantly, we aren’t aware of any incidents, and test data doesn’t suggest any issues.”
Mazda said the new recall impacts just 6,000 B-series trucks.
Largest-Ever Auto Safety Recall
More than 65 percent of 46.2 million previously recalled Takata air bag inflators in the U.S. have not yet been fixed. The issue, which involves 17 automakers, is the largest ever auto safety recall. It pushed Takata into filing for bankruptcy protection in June 2017.
High Humidity Raises Rupture Risk
NHTSA has said that Takata inflator ruptures occur after long-term exposure to high humidity.
Earlier Takata recalls have involved air bag inflators without a drying agent. The latest 2.7 million air bag inflators being recalled involve a drying agent, but Takata said testing showed ruptures could still happen.
Air Bag Death #11 in U.S.
Honda Motor C. reported on July 10 that it had confirmed an 11th U.S. death related to one of its vehicles outfitted with a faulty Takata air bag inflator.
By 2019, Takata expects to have recalled 125 million vehicles worldwide, more than 60 million of them in the U.S., according to a June statement from Scott Caudill, chief operating officer of TK Holdings, Takata’s U.S. unit.
Latest Takata Recall: 2.7 million more air bag inflators
Anyone who even suspects their vehicle is outfitted with a Takata air bag would be wise to check the full list of every Takata air bag recall, to see if their vehicle is listed.