Among the parts collected from the Japanese market, certain types of airbag inflators
were found to have a potential for moisture intrusion over time.
Ad campaign expands existing Honda actions to notify owners affected by Takata airbag inflator
Members of Congress have criticized the company for a lack of cooperation as the government, Takata and automakers try to track down the exact cause of the inflator
safety regulators on Wednesday ordered the company to expand a regional recall of driver-side air bags to cover the entire United States, not just hot and humid areas where the air bag inflators
are thought to become more volatile.
RIGHT: These inflators
use compressed gas, which is released in a crash to fill airbags.
That gives the option of a dual-stage inflator
or a single-stage unit with a different vent hole design.
Air bag makers also are exploring adding even more inflation levels and developing fully adjustable inflators
that could give a continuous range of rates.
made of composite materials weigh less and are easier to manufacture than conventional steel inflators
, offering a significant advantage to automotive designers.
In addition, it reduces the inflator
's weight by 20% compared to most inflators
for the intended application.
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As a result, regulators could accelerate or prioritize the Takata remedy program to ensure that affected vehicles receive new inflators
The latest announcements raise to roughly 31 million the number of vehicles recalled worldwide since 2008 over Takata airbag inflators
, which can erupt with too much force, spraying shrapnel inside the car.