Takata Corporation is recalling nearly 14 million airbags in the latest of a massive series of recalls, although it is not yet known which cars have the potentially defective units.
The company is working with manufacturers to identify the affected vehicles.
Takata said it has determined that certain PSPI, PSPI-1.1, PSPI-2, PSPI 6, PSPI-L, and SPI airbag inflators assembled as part of the front airbag modules and used as original equipment or replacement equipment -- such as equipment installed after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original airbags -- may rupture due to propellant degradation.
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
This issue is being handled in three separate categories:
- Takata says 250,000 units are affected by long-term exposure to lower absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling. This recall addresses vehicles that have been registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
- Another 5.1 million units are affected by long-term exposure to moderate absolute humidity, temperatures, and temperature cycling. This recall addresses vehicles that have been registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- The final 8.5 million units are affected by long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling. This recall addresses vehicles that have been registered in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What to do
Takata will be working with vehicle manufacturers to determine which vehicles the affected inflators were installed in, either as original equipment or as replacement equipment during service.
As this work progresses, numerous vehicle recalls will likely be announced by the affected vehicle manufacturers.
Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).