US Opens Inquiry into Airbags in 30 Million Vehicles: Report

A U.S. auto safety agency on Friday opened an investigation into around 30 million vehicles for possible faulty airbag inflators affecting over 20 automakers, Reuters reports citing a government document that she has examined.

The 2001 and 2019 model year vehicles could have potentially faulty airbag inflators manufactured by Takata Corporation, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has launched an investigation into affected vehicles, according to Reuters.

The news line noted that the investigation has not yet been made public, but the agency has notified the companies.

Takata airbag inflators were previously recalled over metal elements causing potential explosions with malfunctioning inflators. More than 100 million inflators have been recalled in the past 10 years, including 67 million in the US alone, Reuters reported.

Over 400 people were injured by the defective airbags, in addition to at least 28 deaths worldwide.

“Although no current safety risk has been identified, more work is needed to assess the future risk of non-recalled dried inflators,” the NHTSA said in its analysis, according to Reuters. “More studies are needed to assess the long-term safety of dried inflators.”

The automakers affected by the report include Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor, Subaru, Ferrari NV, Mazda, Toyota Motor Corp., BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Tesla, Daimler AG and Chryser others, reported the news agency.

The Hill has reached out to the NHTSA and automakers for comment.

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