Takata Recalls 2.7 Million Air Bags That Have Drying Agent

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    Takata Recalls 2.7 Million Air Bags That Have Drying Agent

    2.7 million more vehicles have been added to the recall.

    The numbers are breathtaking, the un-repaired vehicle numbers appalling, and the danger to the occupants is deadly.

    "Takata Corp. will recall an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the U.S. after they concluded they could explode in a crash despite using a chemical additive to ensure their safety.

    The inflators were made from 2005 through 2012 and installed in vehicles manufactured by Nissan Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co., according to a recall notice posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. Takata, which filed for bankruptcy in June, didn’t identify the vehicle models affected in the notice.

    Some 68 million Takata inflators are already set to be recalled through 2019 because they may explode in a crash and spray vehicle occupants with metal shards. Honda Motor Co. on Monday confirmed the 11th death linked to the defect in one of its cars in the U.S. Takata airbag ruptures are now linked to 18 deaths worldwide.

    In the worst case, abnormal rupture of inflators that have a desiccant might spur a recall of 130 million air bags worldwide, and automakers might incur about 1.5 trillion yen ($13 billion) in recall costs, Takaki Nakanishi, an analyst at Jefferies Group LLC, estimates in a note to clients this week.

    Mounting liabilities from the recalls pushed Takata to seek court protection from creditors to facilitate a sale of most of its assets to rival supplier Key Safety Systems Inc.

    Takata shares rose as much as 58 percent to 71 yen before trading at 67 yen as of 9:30 a.m. in Tokyo trading Wednesday. Trading volume was triple the 3-month full-day average.

    The recall disclosed Tuesday covers inflators using calcium sulfate as a desiccant. In the recall notice, Takata said it is unaware of any ruptured inflators that use a desiccant in vehicles on the road or in lab testing. The previous recalls focused on inflators without desiccants.

    However, after analyzing the inflators involved in the latest recall, Takata said some showed "a pattern of propellant density reduction over time that is understood to predict a future risk of inflator rupture."

    Takata began using a “much stronger” desiccant called zeolite in 2008 to stop inflators from deteriorating, Kikko Takai, a spokeswoman for Takata said Wednesday by phone. The recall announced Tuesday in the U.S. covers all inflators that used calcium sulfate, she said.

    Years of exposure to hot, humid climates can cause the ammonium nitrate propellant used in Takata inflators to become unstable and ignite with too much force when they deploy in a crash. Takata for years has made some of its inflators with a chemical desiccant to the keep the ammonium nitrate propellant dry.

    Takata said the defect notice disclosed today only applies to the earliest version of desiccated inflators that use calcium sulfate and that later versions use different formulations.

    Under a 2015 consent order with NHTSA, Takata may be required to recall all desiccated inflators unless it is able to prove to the agency that parts are safe by the end of 2019, potentially adding several million more airbags to the recalls."

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...h-drying-agent
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    Re: Takata Recalls 2.7 Million Air Bags That Have Drying Agent

    "The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that new testing is prompting Takata Corp to declare 2.7 million air bag inflators defective in Ford Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co and Mazda Motor Corp vehicles.

    Takata air bag inflators are already linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide, and the recalls will eventually cover more than 100 million inflators. The auto safety agency said new testing is prompting the recall of some driver-side air bags built from 2015 through 2012.

    Nissan said it will recall 627,000 Versa cars from 2007-2012 model years, including 515,000 in the United States "out of an abundance of caution." It will notify owners within 60 days with additional instructions.

    Ford spokesman John Cangany said the issue covers about 2.2 million Ford vehicles, and the company has five days to respond to the Takata filing. The automaker is "aware of Takata's submission, and we have been in regular contact with the agency on the issue. Importantly, we aren't aware of any incidents, and test data doesn't suggest any issues," he said.

    Mazda said the new recall impacts just 6,000 B-series trucks.

    More than 65 percent of 46.2 million previously recalled Takata airbag inflators in the United States have not been repaired. Takata filed for bankruptcy protection in June.

    "Takata has told the public that their line of air bag inflators with moisture absorbent was safe. This recall now raises serious questions about the threat posed by all of Takata's ammonium nitrate-based airbags," U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said in a statement. "If even more are found to be defective, it will take us from the biggest recall ever to something that could become mind-boggling."
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    http://www.autoblog.com/2017/07/11/n...call-expanded/
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    Honda seems to have been most in bed with Takata.

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    Re: Takata Recalls 2.7 Million Air Bags That Have Drying Agent

    agree....the numbers are staggering.

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