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8 Million ARC Automotive Airbags Under Investigation


According to Autoblog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating ARC Automotive Inc. after it was discovered several of their airbags caused accident-related deaths.

About the ARC Automotive Airbag Investigation

The airbags are found in GM, FCA, Hyundai, and Kia vehicles. All four automakers are working with the investigators.

The airbags in question share many qualities with Takata airbags, such as ammonium nitrate propellants. Takata has been at the center of one of the largest recalls of all time as 11 deaths have been linked to Takata-brand airbags.

Thus far, two people have been injured by the airbags, and one death has been linked to the ARC Automotive airbags.

Airbag Injury Statistics

  • According to Bloomberg, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates 18,319 lives have been saved by airbags.
  • According to NHTSA, a combination of an airbag plus a lap/shoulder belt reduces the risk of serious head injury among drivers by 85 percent.
  • Since 1990, 262 deaths reportedly have been caused by airbags inflating in low severity crashes, most of them in older model vehicles. These deaths include 87 drivers, 13 adult passengers, 138 children, and 24 infants.
  • Of the 87 drivers killed by airbags, (65 females, 22 males), 55 are believed to have been unbelted, 25 were belted, and 4 misused their seatbelts.

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