Faulty Air Bags
Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver’s side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.
The Japanese company has refused to comply with a U.S. government demand for an expanded recall of its air bags that can explode and shoot out shrapnel.
A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp. escalated Wednesday.
Audi is recalling nearly 102,000 luxury cars because the front air bags may not inflate in a crash.
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.
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 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.
BMW is recalling 45,000 older-model 3 Series sedans in America; the air bags may not inflate properly.