Takata, whose faulty airbag inflators caused the death of several drivers in the past few months, refuses to issue a nationwide recall in the U.S. despite the threat of a $35 million fine by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The company maintains that only vehicles in high-humidity regions (Florida, Porto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, etc.) are at risk. Apparently, none of the 1,057 driver and front passenger airbags tested outside of these regions have exploded, therefore making a nationwide recall pointless.
In case you didn't know, Takata manufactures airbag systems whose inflators may generate excessive force and break the airbags. Metallic or plastic fragments can be thrown directly at front-seat occupants as a result.
Honda, which is the biggest customer of Takata, did its part by recalling every affected unit in the U.S. It also has contacted other airbag suppliers, which doesn't look good for Takata.
Approximately 8 million vehicles from various makes have been recalled in the U.S. – and more than double worldwide.
Source: La Presse