The Takata airbag issue won’t go away. This time, the Japanese supplier of safety equipment to many domestic and international brands is facing a recall from Nissan SUVs, trucks and vans.
Projectile shrapnel is the problem. The vehicles have airbags with volatile ammonium nitrate that can explode with too much force. The airbags have a moisture-absorbing chemical that was supposed to make them safe.
Takata faulty airbags prompt shrapnel
Documents posted by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) detail that the company packed in too much ammonium nitrate propellant while manufacturing the inflators.
Nissan will notify owners later this month and dealers will replace the front driver airbag inflator with one made by a different company.
Takata had until the end of last year to prove that the inflators with the drying agent were safe, or NHTSA was to order them all to be recalled.
So far, at least 25 people have died worldwide after being hit by shrapnel from airbag inflators, and more than 300 have been injured.
The Takata airbag recall has affected virtually all major automakers and forced the Japanese company into bankruptcy in July 2017.