Federal regulators are mulling a proposal to demand a recall of 90 million additional Takata airbags in the U.S., which would more than triple the number of defective products identified.
So far, 29 million of the devices have been recalled, with reports that they explode when deployed, sending metal shrapnel and other debris flying into the faces of front seat passengers and drivers. So far, 10 deaths have been linked to the problem and hundreds of others have suffered serious injuries.
At the behest of 10 automakers, a team of rocket scientists set out to identify the source of the rupturing airbags. They discovered the problem was a trifecta of issues: Humidity exposure, defective design and defective manufacturing. This was exacerbated by the fact the company used a volatile substance, ammonium nitrate, in the products. Continue reading →