Takata airbags get a pass as NHTSA says automakers won’t need to recall more
NHTSA gave its final order on the airbags and said it will continue to monitor their performance.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday automakers will not need to recall more vehicles equipped withand deemed that units with desiccated PSAN airbag inflators don’t pose a safety risk.
The decision follows years of investigations into Takata airbags, which led to the in 2015. Since the initial recall NHTSA ordered, the agency continued to study Takata airbags with the specific inflators. It also suggested they may be susceptible to rupturing and degradation if exposed to long-term heat and humidity.
NHTSA did say Volkswagen will conduct a recall of separate airbags with the inflators — around 370,000 cars — set to start in December of this year. However, 56 million additional airbags will be left alone. Instead, the agency will continue to assess the units and monitor their “performance in the field.” These other units “do not pose a safety risk in the coming years,” NHTSA attested.
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