More than 67 million airbag
“While incidents are rare, the incidents that have occurred have been severe, prompting the agency to issue a recall request,” wrote NHTSA spokesperson Veronica Morales
The investigation looked into safety bag inflators manufactured by Knoxville, Tennessee’s
The NHTSA’s investigation was prompted by at least nine instances of the airbags violently rupturing and emitting metal fragments into the vehicle, resulting in one known death. GM has already
But in response to a letter from NHTSA, ARC contested the agency’s findings and request for a recall, writing, “We disagree with NHTSA’s new sweeping request when extensive field testing has found no inherent defect.” Additionally, the company’s vice president for product integrity Steve Gold wrote in a response that “the test program demonstrated with 99% reliability and 99% confidence that the inflators in the subject population would deploy without rupturing.” According to ARC, the aforementioned incidents were the result of “one-off” defects that have already been addressed by their respective automakers.
Other airbag recalls have already churned the market, following global safety concerns. Since 2016, more than 67 million airbags from Japanese manufacturer Takata have been recalled in the United States, with another 100 million worldwide.