Trouble doesn’t seem to steer away from Takata. The Japanese auto parts maker is being called on by two U.S. senators to recall all the vehicles that use their air bags after a side air bag canister from a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan exploded two weeks ago.
According to the Associated Press, this was the first reported incident in a Volkswagen model, the first in a side air bag and also the first one involved in a newer version of Takata’s air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also announced that it will look into the incident that happened on the 7th of June near St. Louis, Missouri. A number of around 33 million vehicles are at the moment part of a recall involving older Takata air bag inflators which have ruptured and led to 8 deaths and more than 100 injured people.
U.S. senators Richard Blumenthal (District of Connecticut) and Edward Markey (District of Massachusetts) have sent a letter to the executive vice president of Takata in North America, Kevin Kennedy, claiming that because the most recent incident that involved Takata air bags occurred on a 2015 car model, Takata should voluntarily recall all the vehicles out there that use the Japanese air bags. The senators said that “This directly undercuts Takata’s continued insistence — despite growing evidence to the contrary — that the flaws in its air bag inflators are limited to prior designs in older model cars and only present when the air bags have prolonged exposure to extremely humid conditions.” Takata was also asked to make public any data it has concerning its testing of the air bags the company produced for independent experts and analysts to review it. The auto parts company seems to have not been quick enough in offering an explanation for the root of all the defects found in its airbags, which represents a concern not only to the U.S. senators but to all drivers out there who own cars that used the Takata air bags.
By Gabriela Florea