Some new cars still have defective Takata airbags

  • Reuters, Washington
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2016 08:30 IST
A technician holds a recalled Takata airbag inflator in Miami, Florida. (Reuters file photo)

Toyota Motor, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mitsubishi Motors are still selling new vehicles with defective air bags that will eventually have to be recalled, the top Democrat on the US Senate Commerce Committee said in a report on Wednesday.

The report said the automakers confirmed they are continuing to sell some vehicles with ammonium-nitrate inflators without a drying agent. The vehicles are legal to sell but must be recalled by 2018, the report said.

The report by the top Democrat on the committee that oversees the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the latest to raise concerns about what has grown into the largest ever auto safety recall in history.

It was not clear precisely how many care are being sold with defective inflators. The report said the vehicles being sold with inflators that will later need to be recalled include the 2016-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2016 Volkswagen CC, 2016 Audi TT and 2017 Audi R8.

Toyota, one of two automakers that did not provide specific years and models, expects to produce approximately 175,000 vehicles with the defective Takata inflators between March 2016 and July 2017.

Seven automakers add 4.4 million vehicles to recall list

Meanwhile seven automakers are adding nearly 4.4 million vehicles in the US to the massive Takata air bag inflator recall.

Documents detailing recalls by General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler Vans, BMW, JaguarLand Rover and Mercedes Benz were posted Thursday by the government. Recalls from eight other companies were posted last Friday. They’re part of a mammoth expansion of Takata air bag recalls announced last month.

Seventeen automakers are adding 35-40 million inflators to what already was the largest auto recall in US history.

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