The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has traced the ongoing safety defect in Takata brand airbags back to moisture and temperature variations that may, over time, degrade the propellant used in these safety devices, the New York Times reports.
Now that NHTSA has traced the defect back to a root cause, Federal regulators will require Takata to recall between 35 and 40 million more airbag inflators.
The airbag recall affects car models from major manufacturers like BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and more. About one year ago, Lion News reported that the total recall effort affected nearly 34 million vehicles.
That number of recalled airbag inflators has increased steadily since and is now estimated at about 64 million.
US DOT has a dedicated website set up to help consumers navigate the airbag recall.
Airbag inflators are one of many auto parts that meet the US DOT’s definition of a hazardous material, due to the explosive properties of the propellant—Takata’s inflators use ammonium nitrate—that expands to fill the bag and protect the driver in the event of a collision. Read about recent changes to the rules for shipping airbags and seatbelt pretensioners here. Ship Hazmat Auto Parts With Confidence
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