Takata recalls 10 million airbags from 14 different car manufacturers, since the inflator may break down and cause metal fragments to pass through the bag and into the interior of the vehicle at high speed, which can result in vehicle occupants being injured or killed.
The announcement was made in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and marks the final reminder of Takata’s agreement with U.S. security regulators in the 2015 agreement.
This reminder affects 14 car manufacturers, amongst them Audi, BMW, Honda, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
In some airbag inflators, the propellant can degrade over time, leading to over-aggressive combustion if the airbag is enabled. When the inflator is turned on, this causes undue internal pressure which may cause the inflator to burst.
According to documents filed with the NHTSA, the “activation of a non-degenerated ammonium nitrate inflator with a degraded propellant can result in an inflator breaking.”
“An inflator rupture could result in high-speed metal fragments passing through the airbag and into the interior of the vehicle, leading to injury or death to the passengers.”
After years of exposure to persistently high absolute humidity, high temperatures, high-temperature cycles, specific vehicle environment, inflator and driving configuration, and production variability, the potential for rupture may arise.
According to the documents filed by Takata, the total is 10 million and, as many inflators were never mounted in the car, the firm does not know the number of vehicles affected. Several car manufacturers have already initiated their own reminder to replace the inflator.
NHTSA reports that tens of millions of Takata airbags are recalled. Long-term exposure to high heat and moisture can cause bags that have caused injury and death to explode when deployed.
You can check for a reminder by using your VIN, and get a fixed list of a reminder by calling a local dealer who will repair the vehicle for free. You can also register for NHTSA reminder alerts on any future reminder affecting your vehicle.