Takata, the Japanese airbag maker, has revealed that over 34 million cars have defective airbags installed; causing safety concerns, and the biggest recall in US automotive history. Regulators have said that Takata have still not found the cause of the defected airbags.
The BBC reports:
"The Department of Transportation is taking the proactive steps necessary to ensure that defective inflators are replaced with safe ones as quickly as possible, and that the highest risks are addressed first."
The Transport Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said its analysis of test results "points to moisture infiltrating the defective inflators over extended periods of time as a factor".
That moisture may make the chemicals that ignite to set off an airbag burn too quickly, causing the structure to break and "sends metal shards into the passenger cabin that can lead to serious injury or death", said the administration.
Thankfully people are on the case and trying to sort out this error. Recalls are a fact of automotive life as our safety standards and procedures improve.