U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers.
Takata, the world’s second-largest air bag maker with 22 percent of the market, has been plagued by problems for the past 13 years.
So far, more than 12 million vehicles worldwide with air bags made by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp. have been recalled for the problem.
The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website.
The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes.
A defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.
The probe was opened over an April 2011 car crash that severely injured an elderly man when the passenger air bags didn’t deploy.
BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix a growing air bag problem that is hitting much of the auto industry.
Here’s an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don’t always deploy when drivers – or regulators – expect them to.
It’s the company’s second recall to fix air bags that may not inflate in a crash.