Washington, D.C. — August 05, 2016 — As of this writing, the Takata air bag recalls have prompted multiple automakers to drop Takata brand inflators from certain vehicles or stop working with the manufacturer entirely. Despite this, Reuters recently reported that some manufacturers are still selling new vehicles equipped with potentially dangerous air bag inflators.
This information comes from a Senate report cited by the source. While these vehicles would supposedly have to be “exposed to high humidity for an extended period” to be dangerous, the affected units are still scheduled for a future recall, albeit one not until 2018. Model years for the affected units include 2016 and 2017, and includes Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz recalls. The source said that all of the vehicles to feature ruptures were made in 2008 and earlier.
Some manufacturers have publicly announced their move away from Takata inflators. Last month, the Car Connection said that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would stop using ammonium nitrate air bags from Takata under recall within the next three years. The source said that Takata is still making inflators subject to recall despite the recent actions. FCA had not recorded any instances of air bag rupture in its vehicles up to June 23.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists the completion rates of individual manufacturers as recent as July 15. These statistics show that Daimler Trucks North America performed approximately 26.2 percent of the total necessary air bag repairs: the equivalent of 680 driver-side units. By comparison, Daimler Vans USA has finished less than .5 percent of its passenger-side air bags. Daimler AG owns Mercedes-Benz.
According to the same timeline, FCA has only completed 24.8 percent of its total air bag repairs. It finished more than double the amount of driver-side air bags when compared to passenger-side air bags.