New Takata Airbag Recalls Affect VW, Mercedes, and SAAB
The most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) vehicle recall for defective Takata airbags has now brought the number of recalled vehicles up to 28 million from 14 different auto manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Mercedes, and Saab — all car makers which had not previously been known to be affected.
The defective Takata airbags in question contain an inflator that can deploy with too much force and explode the airbag during inflation, spraying metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Evidence shows that Takata knew about the dangers these airbags posed to consumers — which have injured at least 160 people and killed at least six — and took steps to cover up this knowledge. Lawmakers have already called for a criminal investigation of the company.
In January, NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind said to Automotive News’ World Congress that even though more than 19 million cars and trucks were already under recall at the time, the number was “very likely to grow, perhaps by a lot.”
Rosekind, who was speaking about a week before the latest airbag recall, said, “the fact that this crisis festered for so long, that some made efforts to obscure its seriousness, should sober everyone in this industry.”
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