Takata recalls 1.4 million airbagsDecember 5, 2019
Takata told the NHTSA that another 1.4 million cars needed to be repaired due to a defect related to the death of a BMW driver and two other injuries in overseas markets.
According to a notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, components manufactured by Takata from 1995 to 1999 and supplied by the five largest automakers in the world, such as BMW, Audi, Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi Motors, can absorb moisture, which can lead to tearing or incomplete inflation of airbags.
BMW has already released three reviews covering approximately 116,000 US cars containing these parts, and recommended that approximately 8,000 of them not drive until they are repaired, the NHTSA said in a statement.
Revealed reviews and fatal cases – this is the last turn in the long-running saga that bankrupted Takata two years ago. The Japanese company has supplied tens of millions of defective airbags for many years. Some exploded as a result of accidents and injured or killed passengers with metal splinters. In some, the company used ammonium nitrate as a propellant for inflating airbags, as well as faulty pumps containing non-azide propellant.
BMW is the only automaker to issue car recalls in the US due to inflation. The supplier said it produced and sold 4.45 million inflators worldwide for the period specified in the recall. Currently, the NHTSA is in talks with Audi, Honda, Mitsubishi and other automakers on this issue.
Takata was acquired in April 2018 by the Chinese company Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp., and the merged division was renamed Joyson Safety Systems.
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