Additional Takata Airbags Are Being Recalled
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just issued a press release about the recall of additional Takata airbags. This new recall involves Takata airbags built with non-azide driver inflators (NADI) and is separate from the much larger and ongoing Takata airbag recall currently happening. Even though this is a new a different recall for these airbags, the problem remains the same. These airbags have defective inflators that can explode or cause the airbag to not inflate properly when it deploys.
Defective Airbag Inflators Explode
With these defective airbags, the problem is thought to be a faulty seal on the inflator. If the inflator isn’t sealed properly, moisture can get into the propellant used to inflate the airbag and cause the inflator to malfunction. This can cause issues like the airbag aggressively deploying or exploding or even deploying too slowly. Additionally, the metal parts from the exploding inflator can also become projectiles and can lead to injuries or death.
Multiple Auto Manufacturers Involved in Takata Recall
At this time, the vehicle manufacturers associated with these defective NADI inflators are Toyota, BMW, Audi, Honda, and Mitsubishi. Currently, these manufacturers are working to determine which of their vehicles contain the defective inflators. At this time, Mitsubishi has announced that their only U.S. model vehicle impacted by the recall is the 1998-2000 Montero. Additionally, BMW has determined that a subset of some of their recalled vehicles are at high risk, and they have recommended owners not drive those vehicles until they are repaired.
BMW Recalls (108,581 vehicles)
1999-2001: 323i, 325i, 328i, 330i
2000-2001: 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, 323iT, 325iT
BMW Do Not Drive Recalls (7,910 vehicles)
1999: Certain 323i and 328i vehicles
Defective Auto Part Recalls in San Diego
Officials with the NHTSA are encouraging motor vehicle owners to use the VIN Lookup Tool regularly to see if any of their vehicles are being impacted by recalls.
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