NHTSA Demands Recall of Vehicles Equipped with Takata Airbags
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), is calling on the auto industry to recall millions of vehicles equipped with defective airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation.
Five Deaths Linked to Faulty Takata Airbags
According to Fox News, roughly 8 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States, and another 4 million have been recalled throughout the rest of the world. However, these previous recalls have only been listed in regions with high humidity, including the Gulf Coast states, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
The recalls were limited to these areas due to statements by Takata suggesting that the defect, which causes airbags inflators to explode and send metal shards throughout vehicles, was caused by prolonged exposure to moisture.
NHTSA decided Tuesday that the recall should cover states outside of the previously covered area, after determining the airbags were responsible for an injury in North Carolina and a death in California. In all, five deaths have been linked to the faulty airbags.
NHTSA Threatens Legal Action
In a statement released by Takata, the company stated that an evaluation of 1,000 inflators from outside humid areas revealed that none had ruptured. Further, the company claimed a national recall could divert replacement airbags from areas where they are most needed.
Nonetheless, NHTSA continues to apply pressure with NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman stating that legal action will be taken unless Takata and affected automakers agree to the recall in a timely manner.
Ford, Chrysler, Mazda and Honda did not reveal if they would expand their recall, but BMW has acknowledged that their recalls of the defective airbags are already national.