Takata Tells NHTSA Airbags With Another Defect Were Made From 2008-'14 | Edmunds

Takata Tells NHTSA Airbags With Another Defect Were Made From 2008-'14


WASHINGTON — Japanese supplier Takata last week provided federal safety regulators with information about another recently discovered defect in its airbags.

The latest problem centers around airbags that were made from 2008-'14.

The driver's front airbag inflator, which was installed in 30,867 vehicles, may rupture, an issue similar to those found on millions of cars with Takata airbags recalled since 2008.

"Takata Corporation has determined that certain SDI-X airbag inflators, manufactured June 16, 2008 to June 20, 2014, may have been manufactured with an incorrect outer baffle," said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its summary of the latest problem. "In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, the incorrect baffle may block the flow of the propellant to the airbag and the airbag's inflator may rupture.

"The rupture could cause metal fragments to strike and potentially injure the vehicle occupants."

Nissan North America on Friday recalled 1,848 2013 Infiniti QX56 and 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUVs because of the new problem with Takata airbags.

General Motors in June recalled 29,019 2013-'14 Chevrolet Cruze sedans for a similar issue.

NHTSA said owners of all vehicles on which a defective airbag may have been installed will be notified by their respective vehicle manufacturers.

Chevrolet dealers and Infiniti dealers will replace the affected inflators. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

The baffle defect apparently is different from another Takata-related recall that involves 7.8 million airbags installed in vehicles by 10 automakers. NHTSA recently issued an urgent warning to consumers about the potential danger of the defect and advised them to get the cars fixed as quickly as possible.

Edmunds says: At this point, it is not known how many vehicles built from 2008 to 2012 may be recalled because of this newly discovered Takata problem.

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