Government letter urges complete Takata airbag inflator recall

Washington, D.C. — August 21, 2015 — The recent recalls of Takata airbag inflators have so far concerned specific sections of the vehicle population that contains the defective systems, with more than 50 million vehicles recalled for this issue around the world so far, according to the Japan Times. However, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey are pushing the manufacturer to go further and recall all of the units that contain ammonium nitrate.

Car and Driver quotes the letter issued by the senators, which stands to add millions of cars to the already high number of those included in the separate previous efforts. While the growing number of recalls has led to some possible revelations of what causes and exacerbates the inflator explosions, there still has not been a set cause or source determined since the initial recalls began in 2008.

This latest letter was spurred on by a new incident in which a Takata airbag in a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan exploded after a crash. The fact that new vehicles aren't safe from this occurrence means that consumers are still at risk and the company still has a responsibility to improve recall efforts, the senators stated.

"This directly undercuts Takata's continued insistence—despite growing evidence to the contrary—that the flaws in its airbag inflators are limited to prior designs in older model cars and only present when the airbags have prolonged exposure to extremely humid conditions, the letter reads.

The source notes that Takata may not respond, although the company has already said that it is going to change to a different propellant for its products.

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