Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:15

Takata Corp Plans to Address Concerns with Replacement Parts

Now that Takata has begun replacing defective airbags in the 34 million vehicle recalls, regulators and consumers alike are wondering, how safe are the new parts, and how long will they last?

That is why the Japanese airbag manufacturer is in the process of proposing a plan to address these concerns. However, the details have yet to be released to the public.Out of the 37 page document posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website on August 11, 35 pages are blank due to confidentiality issues.

NHTSA's Gordon Trowbridge said the agency will hold a public hearing this fall, which regulators intend to coordinate.

U.S. officials have described the Takata recall as the largest in our country's history, affecting 11 automakers. The shrapnel that can spew out from exploded airbag inflators has resulted in at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries.

Although the cause is unknown, it is believed the ammonium nitrate-based propellant plays a role. Humidity is a trigger, so states with a more tropical climate are being prioritized for replacement parts. A digital campaign to raise awareness is also in the works. Takata plans for both initiatives to eventually go national.

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