By Colleen Kave, J.D.
Takata Corporation has determined that around 2,700,000 PSDI-5 driver frontal air bag inflators that use calcium sulfate as a desiccant may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to moderate absolute humidity, temperatures, and temperature cycling. These inflators were assembled as part of the frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment, such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bags. This recall is not for all desiccated PSAN inflators; rather it relates to a subset containing calcium sulfate. The company warns that an inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 17E034, Report receipt date: July 10, 2017).
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, various vehicle recalls will likely be announced by the impacted vehicle manufacturers. NHTSA will supply this information as soon as possible.
Contact information. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Companies: Takata Corp.
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