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Takata May Not Be Only Faulty Airbag Manufacturer

Brooke Shroyer1 year ago

Federal safety regulators are investigating two new reports of exploding airbags not manufactured by Takata.

More Defective Airbag Manufacturers in the Mix

According to reports, Takata Corporation did not manufacture the two new cases of airbags that exploded.

Takata has recalled a total of 34 million U.S. vehicles for faulty airbags that explode upon impact, sending shrapnel into the cabin at dangerous forces.

When airbags properly inflate, they do not explode or send any objects out of the airbag. In the defective airbags, the inflators do not safely inflate. Instead, they blow up and project sharp objects out of the airbags, injuring passengers.

However, recent findings show that there might be other defective airbags by additional manufacturers that have not been recalled yet. Both of the most recent airbag explosions were from the same airbag manufacturer, ARC Automotive.

One of the ARC Automotive airbags had parts made by Delphi (DLPH) and installed in a 2004 Kia Optima. The accident occurred last year. The other defective airbag inflator was installed in an airbag manufactured by Key Safety Systems in a 2002 Chrysler Town & Country. This accident occurred in 2009.

Recalls have not been announced yet on different airbag manufacturers.

Additional Details About the Airbag Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the defective airbag in the Chrysler Town & Country had an obstruction in the gas chamber that ignites the safe inflation. This caused the airbag to explode.

The NHTSA has received censure for not investigating enough about Takata’s faulty airbags resulting in eight deaths so far. The expansion of the Takata recall to encompass every vehicle with defective airbags was injudiciously delayed until May of 2015.

Delphi sold its airbag manufacturing company back in 2010, so replacing all faulty airbags may take up to five years.

ARC Automotive did not choose to comment at this time on the incident of a faulty airbag in their name. Fiat Chrysler and Kia both claimed they no longer use airbag inflators manufactured by any of the companies under investigation.  

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