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Another Airbag Crisis on the Horizon?

ARC Airbag

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is hot on the investigation trail on airbags made by ARC automotive Inc. which has been linked to two injuries and one death. This is the second major recall to airbags following the crisis which ripped through the Takata company as a result of their faulty airbag inflators which have been, and continues to be, installed in a large number of vehicles.

Now ARC is under investigation for their faulty airbags which the recall covers approximately 8,000,000. The company was originally being investigated for 490,000 airbags which were linked to two injuries. That campaign was to the 8,000,000 airbags after the death of a Canadian driver. ARC airbags are currently found in GM, FCA, Hyundai and Kia vehicles. It is uncertain the specific cause of the injuries and the fatality, however, one common link to the Takata product is that both companies use an ammonium nitrate propellant in their airbag inflators.

Some Companies Still Selling Cars with Takata Airbags


Although it’s not illegal to do so, it probably doesn’t create a lot of customer confidence when news is coming out that both Mercedes and Ferrari are still selling vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbag inflators. These two companies are not the extent of the issue. According to Bill Nelson, Florida Senator, seven out of 17 automakers have already admitted to doing the same thing. The issue with the faulty airbag inflators manifests itself when the vehicle is sold and remains in areas where the climate is hot and high humidity. According the NHTSA, cars sold today with faulty airbag inflators will officially be included in the defective list come 2018.

Currently, cars in the limelight for being sold with faulty inflators include the 2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and convertible, 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and almost every Ferrari on sale today which includes the FF, California T, 488 GTB and 488 Spider, F12 and F12tdf, and GTC4Lusso.

Honda Goldwing gets Airbags Recalled


It looks like not even the two wheeled vehicles can escape the wrath of Takata’s airbag crisis. Honda’s only motorcycle which has a factory installed airbag is now being recalled for its faulty airbag inflators. The recall issued by Honda will impact a total of 2,701 motorcycles which were built between 2006 to 2010.

Like its four wheeled counterparts, areas with high humidity and frequent temperature fluctuations have been hit the hardest by the recall as the issue becomes much more prevalent under these weather conditions. If you own a Goldwing but unsure if this impacts you, we encourage owners to call Hondas information line at 1.866.784.1870 to get more information directly from Honda.

Nissan Recalls 3 Million for Faulty Airbag


Nissan has issued a recall on over 3 million vehicles in the US with a faulty airbag issue. Nissan has identified the issue as a faulty Occupant Classification System which may incorrectly sense the passenger as a child instead of an adult. In the event of this happening, the airbag will be deactivated in the passenger seat and will not deploy during an accident.

Nissan’s recall directly impacts their 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV, Leaf, and Sentra. The 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima; 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder; 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60, and Infiniti Q50; 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue; 2015-2016 Nissan Murano; 2013 Infiniti JX35; and 2015-2016 Chevrolet City Express, which is based on the NV200 are all impacted as well which all adds up to over 3 million vehicles impacted.

The automaker will be contacting owners within the next 60 days with information pertaining to the recall. We urge owners to contact their local dealers for more information.

There’s Still 85 Million Cars with Faulty Takata Airbag Inflators


To date, Takata has recalled 28.8 million faulty airbag inflators. After U.S. regulators completed a thorough review, there is an estimated 85 million Takata inflators out there that may still need to be recalled. However, US regulators have given Takata the opportunity to prove the remaining airbag inflators are safe by 2019, otherwise it will be likely that the recall campaign will extend to the 85 million inflators as well.

The exploding airbag inflators have been linked to at least 100 injuries and 11 deaths worldwide with the most recent being the death of a teenage driver in Texas last month. It is estimated that the recall campaign of the faulty inflators could cost Takata anywhere between $3.5 billion to $24 billion.

Takata Airbag Issues Reaches Further Back


Takata Corp is facing mounting issues and problems linked to their airbag crisis. During Honda’s audit to determine which of their vehicles are impacted by the airbag crisis, they came across another issue. A number of their Accord models destined for the US market were incorrectly supplied with airbag inflators which were meant for the South American market. According to Honda, the airbag modules simply do not comply with US federal regulations.

Honda will begin to notify customers of the issue so they can begin scheduling their vehicles in to dealers for the recall work to be completed. The recall will begin in May, 2016.

17 Year Old is 10th Victim to Faulty Takata Airbag Inflator


Faulty Takata airbag inflators has been linked to another death. This time, a 17-year-old high school senior from Richmond, Texas, died after the driver’s 2002 Honda Civic rear ended a Honda CR-V on March 31. During the accident, the faulty Takata-supplied airbag inflator ruptured sending shrapnel into the cabin which pierced the carotid artery of the teen leading to the death.

This is the 10th fatality linked to the faulty parts in the US. During the accident, the teen was not speeding, and was wearing a seatbelt. Fort Bend County Sherrif Deputy Danny Beckwith stated that the accident was not sever enough to cause a death in an of itself. He stated that “Everybody should have walked away from this.”

The faulty airbag inflator contains an ammonium nitrate propellant which can explode with additional force when exposed to moisture, like in high humidity areas. Due to faulty construction, humidity is able to access the chemical. To date, Takata has recalled roughly 24 million airbags.

GM Issues Stop Sale on 2016 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon


General Motors has identified an issue with the front airbags on their 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. From a statement released by GM, “the second stage of the driver frontal airbag may not deploy properly in certain high-speed crashes.” GM went further to state that “The supplier of the potentially faulty airbag module isn’t Takata.”

At this point, General Motors has issued a stop-sale and started a recall campaign for all affected vehicles. The recall impacts 1,579 vehicles in the US with a build year of 2016.

If you currently own one of these vehicles we encourage you to contact your local dealers for more information. By law, GM cannot let their dealers sell any vehicle with an open recall campaign which hasn’t been fixed yet. Once dealers complete the fixes to the vehicles on their lots, they can begin to sell those vehicles again.

Takata Airbag Inflator Total Impact


We have been reporting on Takata’s airbag crisis for some time now. Here’s the gist, Takata manufactured airbag inflators which use an ammonium nitrate as the propellant for its inflator. Due to manufacturing issues which include metal shavings inside some inflator parts; improperly welded inflator casings; bad propellant wafers, and bent or damaged parts, these problems could allow moisture to contaminate the ammonium nitrate and result in a rupture. When that happens, the propellant ignites with explosive force sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

To put some perspective on how pervasive this issue is, these inflators have impacted 12 automakers and as many as 25 million U.S. vehicles. That’s as many as 1 in 10 vehicles in the US. Approximately 30% of all those affected vehicles have been repaired as of mid-February, but there’s still a long way to go before the entire recall is complete.

Takata now has to prove that their ammonium nitrate inflators are safe for use by 2019 or the NHTSA will require the company to recall every single ammonium nitrate inflator ever produced.

90 Million More Takata Airbag Inflators Recalled


The number of faulty Takata airbag inflators manufactured and installed into US vehicles continue to grow as another death has occurred as recent as December 2015. The total number of inflators that are faulty is still not know or reported. However, auto safety regulators are trying to determine if the Takata Corp will be required to recall an additional 70 to 90 million inflators.

These newest numbers would bring the total number of issued recalls up to 120 million units. The recall is focusing on airbag inflators that contain ammonium nitrate, a volatile chemical used in the airbag inflators which can rupture and explode with excessive force, spraying metal shards at vehicle occupants.

Representatives from Takata Corp released a statement saying that they are “cooperating fully with regulators and our automotive customers and continues to take aggressive action to advance vehicle safety.” Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada last year apologized to victims and claimed responsibility for the dangerous defects.

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