By Colleen Kave, J.D.
Numerous vehicle recalls will likely follow as Takata and manufacturers review installation records.
Takata has recalled around 1,400,000 Non-Azide Driver airbag Inflators (NADI) because these inflators do not contain phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant. Due to a manufacturing issue, the NADI inflators may absorb moisture, causing the inflators to rupture or the airbag cushion to underinflate. The company warns that in the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, an inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants. An underinflated airbag may not properly protect the occupant. These scenarios increase the risk of serious injury or death (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 19E080, Report receipt date: November 26, 2019).
Remedy. Takata will be working with vehicle manufacturers to determine into which vehicles the affected inflators were installed, either as original or replacement equipment during service. As this work progresses, numerous vehicle recalls will likely be announced by the impacted vehicle manufacturers. The recall is expected to begin on January 24, 2020.
Contact information. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hot line at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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