Takata Unaware of Airbag Issue’s ‘Root Cause’

Takata Unaware of Airbag Issue’s ‘Root Cause’

Takata has admitted that it still has not determined the reason why its airbags are hurtling metal shards.

The company’s airbags are the reason why millions of vehicles have been recalled across the U.S. this year.  Despite that, Takata is still under pressure by U.S. regulators to expand the recall across the country, rather than just calling back cars from states with high humidity.

Takata safety executive, Hiroshi Shimizu admitted during his testimony that the company hasn’t identified “the root cause yet,” but believes that high humidity, temperature and the life of the product is contributing to the defect. The testimony came after Takata told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that its current data doesn’t support expanding the recall beyond states with high humidity.

SEE ALSO: Honda Expanding its Takata Airbag Recall

The recall currently affects over 16-million vehicles worldwide and has been linked to at least five deaths. Recently, Honda announced that it would expand its own airbag recall nationwide but will prioritize replacement parts to areas with high humidity.

[Source: Automotive News]