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Takata Reports New Airbag Flaw in Cars Made From 2008-2014

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/2/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Takata told U.S. safety officials last week about a new airbag flaw found in vehicles manufactured between 2008 and 2014, according to recent news wire reports.

A defective part in Takata’s driver side airbags was originally discovered in June, leading to the recall of Chevrolet Cruze and Nissan SUVs from the 2013-2014 model years. Now, Takata has announced that it started making airbags in Monclova, Mexico with the particular defect back in 2008. The company did not mention how many more vehicles could be affected by this new revelation.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze ECO© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chevrolet Cruze ECO

The latest announcement compounds a major problem for Takata, which has recalled a total of 17 million vehicles worldwide. These defective airbags can explode and hurl metal shards throughout the cabin. The defects—affecting airbags from Honda, Toyota, and a number of other auto manufacturers-- have been linked to four deaths and over a dozen injuries.

Takata is also struggling to keep up with demand for replacement parts for all of the recalled vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration met with Takata on October 30 to put pressure on the manufacturer to better assist customers, and Takata said it will add two production lines by early next year to make more airbag parts.

Source: Reuters

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