US opens Probe into 30 Million Vehicles over Airbags across the Country

US auto safety agency opened a probe into almost 30 million cars across the country that could possibly contain faulty airbags inflators built by two dozen car manufacturers – says the document that Reuters saw on Sunday.

On Friday, Sept 17, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation and conducted an engineering analysis into 30 million cars manufactured in the US, including the model specifically developed from the year 2001 to 2019. Car manufacturers are aware of the investigation. However, it is not made public yet.

The investigation going on include car manufactured and assembled by Ford Motor Co, Honda Motor Co, General Motors Co, Tesla, Nissan Motor, Mazda, BMW Chrysler, Toyota Motor Corp, jaguar Land Rover by Tata, Subaru, Ferrari NV, Daimler AG, Porsche Cars and many others.

On Sept 19, Sunday, car manufacturers either did not respond to the comments instantly or refused to comment before the NHTSA made an official announcement expected on Sept 20, Monday regarding the probe.

In a document that NHTSA released, the 30 million vehicles that they are investigating include both types of vehicles, the ones that come with pre-installed inflators as well as those which were called for “recalled repair” 

Over the course of the last ten years, 67 million or above numbers of Takata inflators airbags have been recalled in America and 100 million vehicles across the world in history’s biggest auto safety callback since inflators can release harmful metal pieces flying in rare cases.

Overall, 28 deaths have been encountered worldwide, 19 in the United States alone with 400 serious injuries. The underlying reason was the faulty Takata airbags.

The vehicles involved in the probe contain “desiccant” or dying agents. The document from NHTSA said, reportedly, there have been no cases of vehicle ruptures on the road with inflators containing the dying agent.

While starting its engineering analysis, NHTSA told, “While no present safety risk has been identified, further work is needed to evaluate the future risk of non-recalled desiccated inflators, and that Further study is needed to assess the long-term safety of desiccated inflators.

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