A collision in June between a deer and Volkswagen SUV where a side airbag inflated too forcefully has once again raised concerns about the safety of Takata airbags.
Volkswagen is recalling 460,000 cars in North America because of possible issues with the driver-side front airbags in its Passat, Tiguan, Golf, Jetta, GTI, CC and EOS with model years from 2011 to 2014. Volkswagen is working with the NHTSA and Takata to investigate and understand the situation because they consider the safety and satisfaction of its consumers and passengers a top priority.
Approximately 41,400 of the vehicles being recalled are in Canada.
A federal investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is underway and Volkswagen must report information about the Volkswagen airbag rupture as well as any additional ruptures that have taken place in Volkswagen vehicles.
Takata is required to provide the NHTSA with a breakdown of all inflators and airbag modules made with ammonium nitrate propellant. Some experts believe that ammonium nitrate, when exposed to moisture, can combust in a violent manner. The use of this chemical by Takata has been controversial.
More than 33 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States for the company's airbag inflators. Approximately eight deaths worldwide have been attributed to Takata airbags, thousands more have reported injuries.
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