The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked Takata Corp. and Volkswagen AG units to provide the agency with information on an air bag inflator that ruptured in a new Volkswagen Tiguan. Takata was told to list all air bags using ammonium nitrate. NHTSA sent the special orders to TK Holdings Inc. and Volkswagen Group of America Inc. about a month after the automaker told it about the June incident where a driver’s side air bag ruptured in a 2015 Tiguan.
The inflator rupture was said to have occurred on June 7 after the air bag equipped with an SSI-20 type inflator deployed when the vehicle struck a deer. NHTSA asked the manufacturers to provide all information they had on the incident. VW was directed to disclose “a list of all vehicles ever produced” that used stabilized ammonium nitrate as an air bag propellant. Takata is to tell NHTSA about all types of air bags it has manufactured and sold using the propellant.
As a result of the airbags issue there has been a global recall of 34 million vehicles and reports of eight deaths. In July, NHTSA began looking into air bags manufactured by ARC Automotive Inc. based on reports that the company’s inflators using ammonium nitrate propellant had ruptured in incidents involving Kia and Chrysler vehicles. It’s time for the airbag issues to be resolved and from all accounts there are still far too many unanswered questions.
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