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Investigation Concludes Cause of Takata Airbag Explosions

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Yashica Kaushal2 years ago

A panel investigating the cause of the Takata airbag failures concluded it is a combination of factors, such as humidity and moisture that result in the airbag explosions.

More Information about the Takata Airbag Explosions Cause

The Independent Testing Coalition (ITC) findings are applicable to about 23 million of the 28 million recalled Takata airbags. They are specific to the inflators with ammonium nitrate that do not include a moisture-reducing chemical.

The ITC, a group of 10 automakers, have found that three elements contribute to the lead to the airbag rupture. The ammonium-nitrate compound when combined with long-term exposure to high-humidity climates and large differences in day and night temperatures will lead to the burst.  

Finding the cause took more than a decade while Takata gave various explanations for the issues.

The full results of the investigation will be revealed this week. The investigation was initiated by Takata’s customers:  Toyota, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Subaru.

The committee’s next area of investigation will look at inflators that were used as replacement parts in the already recalled vehicles.

Takata Recall Efforts Continue

The ITC minority-committee called on the NHSTA to speed up the 2018 wind down under the power of its consent order. 5 million additional inflators were recalled in January. 

Lawmakers are growing impatient with the speed of recalls. They assert that the NHSTA needs to speed up the recalls to avoid further injuries. 

Takata said in a statement that they have fully cooperated with the NHSTA and the ITC to “aggressively” take actions that ensure safety. They also apologized for any injuries that may have occurred due to the faulty inflators. 

Anthony Foxx, transportation secretary, says they may eventually have to recall all of them to ensure no further injuries occur. So far, 10 deaths have been linked to the recalled airbags.


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