The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it will not be enforcing new recalls on Takata airbags.
Bloomberg reports automakers supplying to America have evaded a possible recall of 56 million Takata airbags. Takata Corporation previously delivered possible defective air bag inflators before disbanding its organization.
The airbags in questions have moisture-absorbing desiccant and were being recalled for having various Takata items that, if in an accident, could potentially erupt and splatter metal shards into a victim.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, industry tests have shown evidence that these air bags do not necessarily cause dangers. To resolve the issue of not replacing these potentially defective airbags, regulators will provide extra safety precautions by monitoring those with the Takata airbags in their vehicles.
Many automakers are relieved at this option rather than being burdened with recalling and repairing millions of possible defective products. This has been the grandest auto-safety recall to date with 100 million cases around the globe.
The NHTSA ordered a consent order agreement between affected automakers to ensure consumer safety. The agreement provides that these agencies must show proof of long-term safety over the vehicles with the Takata airbags.
The agreement began in 2015 and ended at the end of 2019. Any automakers who failed the consent order was forced to recall their vehicles. This included 370,000 Volkswagon AG cars.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging owners of BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota vehicles equipped with Takata airbags to heed recall notices and have their airbags replaced.
According to reports, the airbags can explode when deployed, sending metal shrapnel throughout the recalled vehicles. These metal shards can injure and potentially kill drivers and passengers – at least 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries have been linked to the defective airbags.
More than 42 million vehicles are scheduled to be recalled in the U.S. alone due to the defect. The Center for Auto Safety has accused Honda of underreporting the number of injuries and deaths linked to faulty Takata airbags, and NHTSA has opened an industry-wide investigation into the matter.
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