Volkswagen Under Investigation for Takata Air Bag Rupture

Volkswagen Under Investigation for Takata Air Bag Rupture

Volkswagen is the latest automaker to be under investigation for faulty Takata air bags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it is opening up an investigation following a Takata air bag rupture from June in a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan in Missouri. Earlier this year, the German automaker said that it was not part of the Takata air bag recall that impacts 33.8-million vehicles across 11 automakers.

According to a report, a Takata air bag inflator known as a SSI-20 ruptured in a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan on June 7. The German automaker has confirmed that it is working to investigate the issue with Takata and noted that the incident occurred after the driver hit a deer and no police report was filed and the driver did not seek medical attention.

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The company currently has “no comment” as to why Volkswagen vehicles are not part of the wider Takata recall and spokesman Mark Gillies said that he is not aware of how many Volkswagen vehicles are equipped with Takata air bags.

The investigation raises the question on whether or not Volkswagen vehicles are equipped with faulty Takata air bags and if the automaker should be included in the massive recall.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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