Takata recalls even more defective airbag inflators
Takata, the Japanese automotive part manufacturer that’s currently in the middle of a 7.8 million vehicle recall over its airbags, has revealed that around 30,000 more SDI-X inflators, dating as far back as June of 2008, were made with an incorrect component that can potentially lead to damaging ruptures, according to Reuters.
The owners of affected vehicles will be notified by their manufacturers in the days to come. Both General Motors and Nissan Motors decided to issue recalls in June and October, respectively, due to the defective inflators being used in some of their models, with GM recalling more than 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze cars from the years 2013 and 2014, according to Automotive News.
The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Friday that Takata has committed to opening two new manufacturing lines in order to produce replacements parts by early 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal. The announcement follows a week of criticism over how the NHTSA has been handling the recall.
“It’s unclear yet whether that would be sufficient to meet demand,” said Takata representatives to safety regulators when explaining the company’s plans to begin providing replacement parts. “We’ve requested details in writing, so we can hold them to these commitments and evaluate how much further they may need to go.”