It seems that the Takata airbag recall still isn’t over. As it stands, more than 100 million cars have already been placed in a recall, but another 30 million could be added to this list, and only includes the United States.
According to a report by Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an engineering analysis into an estimated 30 million vehicles from the 2001 through 2019 model years. Automakers were alerted to the investigation, which is not yet public as of this writing.
The report says that it includes Ford, Honda, Toyota, General Motors, Nissan, Subaru, Ferrari, Mazda, Daimler AG, BMW, Chrysler, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover, among others.
The report also says that the 30 million vehicles include both vehicles with the inflators installed at the factory along with some inflators that were used in prior recall repairs. These new vehicles that were added to the recall also have inflators with a “desiccant” or drying agent. So far, no ruptures from airbags with the desiccant have been reported, according to the NHTSA.
“While no present safety risk has been identified, further work is needed to evaluate the future risk of non-recalled desiccated inflators,” NHTSA said in opening its engineering analysis seen by Reuters. “Further study is needed to assess the long-term safety of desiccated inflators.”
28 deaths have been reported worldwide due to faulty Takata airbags, along with more than 400 injuries. In the U.S., 16 deaths have already occurred in Honda vehicles, two in Ford vehicles, and one in a BMW. 9 other deaths from faulty airbags in a Honda have been reported in Malaysia, Brazil, and Mexico.
As a recap, the Takata airbag recall was launched due to the airbags being potentially life-threatening when deployed in an accident. This is due to the propellant having the potential to explode and eject metal shrapnel to the occupants.