The US auto safety regulators have announced recently they asked the US division of Germany’s Volkswagen Ag and Japanese auto safety parts supplier Takata Corp to deliver information regarding a June rupture of a side airbag in a 2015 model year Volkswagen Tiguan crossover.
The new model Tiguan is not really fitting the pattern established by the previous autos recalled for safety defects related to Takata’s airbag inflators – which were mostly directed towards older-model vehicles. The more than 17 million units recalled for potential safety flaws in Takata parts also involved only front airbags. Additionally, all recalled vehicles so far are at least half a decade old and the vast majority of them were produced from 2000 to 2007. Volkswagen is also one of the few automakers not involved in the global spat of recalls conducted by Takata and its automotive partners – a total of eleven carmakers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the cause of a June 7 airbag rupture in the 2015 VW Tiguan has not been determined yet and the agency’s orders request additional information to understand why a new vehicle’s airbag had the rupture issue. So far, millions of vehicles worldwide have been recalled by Takata and the automakers since 2008, with eight fatalities linked to the defect and hundreds of injuries. The airbag inflator can explode with too much force, sending metal debris and other shrapnel at high velocity inside the cabin. Takata said they were also probing the incident and cooperating with the NHTSA.