A recent report from a top Democrat on the US Senate Commerce Committee showed that there are some automakers that still sell new cars with potentially defective Takata airbags.
This “procedure” is a legal one, since the automakers are not forced to publically disclose information on all new vehicles up for sale that have faulty parts, which will eventually have to be recalled. Based on that, US Senator Bill Nelson – who is part of the committee that oversees the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – released a report to warn and draw attention to the fact that Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mitsubishi are still selling new cars with potentially defective inflators that will eventually have to be recalled. “What’s troubling here is that consumers are buying new cars not realizing they’re going to be recalled,” he said in a statement, quoted by Reuters. “These cars shouldn’t be sold until they’re fixed.”
Among those new vehicles, the report mentions models such as 2016-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2016 Volkswagen CC, 2016 Audi TT and 2017 Audi R8, also adding that Toyota is expected to make around 175,000 vehicles with faulty airbags made by Takata between March 2016 and July 2017. The main “excuse” of the automakers is that there are still many suppyling issues and in some cases engineering challenges to refit the new cars with new parts.
Therefore, some companies will likely wait longer to declare all the airbags as defective, as the time-frame imposed by the US regulators for the recently recall expansion is December 2019. Until the automakers are starting to issue recalls, buyers have no possibility to find out which cars have defective airbags.