Report – NHTSA allows Daimler and Ferrari to sell models with defective Takata airbags image

With carmakers and the NHTS still unable to inspect every single automobile of the millions deemed unsafe because they were equipped with the potentially faulty passenger side Takata airbags, some companies are still selling cars with those safety systems.

Among the automakers selling the cars with the potentially faulty airbags are Daimler and Ferrari, according to the latest report on the matter. According to US media, which cited a Senate report, actually both Mercedes and Ferrari have approval to do so from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The regulator concludes they will not turn up unsafe unless they are exposed to high humidity for an extended period.” The vehicles affected by the Takata issue include the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and 2016-2017 E-Class, and some 2016 and 2017 model year Ferraris like the FF, California T, 488 GTB/488 Spider, F12/F12tdf, and GTC4 Lusso.

Allegedly these models will anyways be recalled by the end of 2018, while Daimler and Ferrari are informing the customers their new vehicles will become later on the subject to a recall. Other companies still using Takata airbags are Toyota, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Volkswagen, all of them also willing to let know the customers of the impending future recalls. Just last month numerous automakers again announced a huge batch of Takata-related recalls – for instance General Motors is calling back almost 1.9 million units from all of its brands across the world, and Audi is recalling 1.9 million vehicles.

Via Automotive News

  • jcwconsult

    NHTSA could, but won’t, require all potentially defective Takata air bags to be disconnected until replacement bags are available. NHTSA prefers people to drive with dangerous bags, rather than allow or require them to be disconnected.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association