On December 27, USA Today reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included four new car models to the list of recalled vehicles that were equipped with defective airbags manufactured by Takata, a Japanese automobile parts supplier. According to experts, the ammonium nitrate airbag inflators in certain vehicles’ airbags could cause a powerful reaction that could expel metal shrapnel into the passenger cabin of the vehicle, injuring occupants. The recall was introduced in the previous year and included 23 million airbags in 19 million cars produced by several automotive manufacturers.
Gordon Trowbridge, a spokesperson for the NHTSA, stated that there will be approximately a few hundred thousand vehicles that will be added to the list. The new models included in the recall are 2002-2004 Honda CR-Vs, 2005-2008 Mazda 6s, 2005-2008 Subaru Legacies, and 2005-2008 Subaru Outbacks. Honda recently confirmed a death associated with the faulty airbag inflator.
The inflators are especially likely to fail in areas where humidity is high, but the vehicles may still pose a threat when driven in different regions, experts said.