More than 67 million airbag inflators may be recalled(opens in new tab) due to safety concerns, following the results of an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into alleged safety concerns. The report prompted the US government agency to urge the manufacturer to issue an immediate recall.
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“While incidents are rare, serious incidents have occurred, prompting the agency to issue a recall request,” NHTSA spokeswoman Veronica Morales wrote in a statement.(opens in new tab) CNN reported. “NHTSA took this action under its authority to investigate potential defects and monitor recalls as required by the Vehicle Safety Act.”
The investigation looked at safety bag inflators manufactured by Knoxville, Tennessee’s ARC Automotive, Inc.(opens in new tab) during the 18-year inspection period before January 2018, Engadget reported. The airbag inflators are supplied to six airbag manufacturers, which are then incorporated into vehicles by at least 12 automakers. The agency doesn’t yet know which automakers, specifically.
NHTSA’s investigation was prompted by at least nine instances of airbags that ruptured violently and released metal fragments into the vehicle, resulting in one known fatality. GM has issued a recall of one million vehicles(opens in new tab) (including 2014-2017 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia) in response to an investigation into an accident involving a ruptured front-driver air bag inflator in one of its vehicles.
But in response to a letter from NHTSA, ARC disputed the agency’s findings and request for a recall, writing, “We will not agree to NHTSA’s new request if extensive field testing is not A defect was found.” In addition, the company’s vice president for product integrity Steve Gold wrote in a response that “the test program shows with 99% reliability and 99% confidence that the inflators in the subject population will deploy without breaking.” According to ARC, the aforementioned incidents are the result of “one-off” defects that have already been addressed by their respective automakers.
Other airbag recalls have already hit the market, following global safety concerns. As of 2016, more than 67 million airbags from Japanese manufacturer Takata have been recalled in the United States, with another 100 million worldwide.