After multiple recalls issued out by several different automakers, NHTSA is expanding their investigation into what is causing these potentially faulty side airbags. It appears that the impacted makes and models contain airbags that may have been manufactured with an ineffective mix of inflation gasses.
Vehicles that have already been recalled for this exact issue include the Honda Accord and Crosstour, the 2012 Subary Legacy and Outback, and the 2011 Toyota RAV4, just to name a few. Up until now, only a total of 2,700 vehicles have been recalled but that number could grow exponentially.
The manufacturer of the faulty airbags are from Swedish supplier Autoliv. Apparently a total shipment of 10,500 faulty inflators were sent out to automakers in addition to two other airbag manufacturers. We could be looking at some recalls for Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Kia, and Suzuki models in the near future as all those automakers purchased faulty airbags from Autoliv. Unfortunately as of right now, which models are equipped with the faulty side air bags is unknown, but hopefully NHTSA clears it up soon.
The American automakers Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors have already said that their airbag inflators work differently than their foreign counterparts and they all have not seen any failures in their testing.
[Source: The Detroit News]