US auto safety regulator the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced the comprehensive airbag recall from Japanese auto safety parts supplier Takata Corp mainly covers five of the affected 11 automakers.
Since 2008, Japanese parts manufacturer Takata and its affected auto partners have been recalling millions of vehicles around the world because the airbags can malfunction – the inflator can explode with too much force, sending metal debris and other shrapnel flying at high velocity inside the cabin. Eleven automakers have been identified so far as being affected, with the US authorities and Takata saying in the US alone 19 million vehicles have 23 million airbags that need to be replaced. Around the world, eight deaths – all in Honda or Acura vehicles – as well as more than 100 injuries have been so far reported.
Now, at a meeting held to argument the NHTSA coordination effort, the agency has said that Japan’s Honda and Mazda, Germany’s BMW and US peers Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford make up the bulk of the country wide safety campaign: 18 million of 23 million airbags and 14 million of 19 million autos. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said so far carmakers have a completion rate of 22.5 percent overall and 29.5 percent in areas with high humidity, where it appears the risks are higher. The NHTSA further added its probe shows Takata will be able to deliver 2.8 million replacement units this month alone – though 70 percent will also have a mix of inflators from other manufacturers: Autoliv, Daicel and TRW Automotive.