US inflates air bag defect probe to 12.3 million vehicles

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US inflates air bag defect probe to 12.3 million vehicles

On Tuesday, the 23rd of April 2019, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the US Ministry of Transportation, had issued a statement saying that the authoritative body had expanded an investigation on potentially defective airbags to 12.3 million cars.

Besides, the US administrator of highway safety had also added that they were going to upgrade the probe into an engineering analysis, a legal step required before it could ask for recalls. The agency, NHTSA, with a motto “people saving people” had been quoted saying at the statement that probe would include some 12.3 million vehicles sold between 2010 to 2019 by Honda Motor Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Hyundai Motor Co., Mitsubishi, Toyota Motor Corp and Kia Motor Corp.

According to the agency, the vehicles subject to probe, had been equipped with air bag control unit initially manufactured by TRW Automobiles Holdings Corp., which is now owned by ZF Friedrichshafen, a German car-part maker headquartered in Friedrichshafen, and the air bag control units could fail to inflate properly during a crash.

On Tuesday’s (April 23rd) statement, NHTSA said that the agency was reported on two crashes and two injuries linked with defected airbags alongside one death at a Toyota Vehicle. As a response to the latest development of the probe, a ZF spokesman, John Wilkerson said, “The company is committed to motor vehicle safety and is working cooperatively with NHTSA and our customers in the investigation”.