Volkswagen Believes a Takata Airbag Recall Isn’t Necessary


Volkswagen was reluctant to recall its vehicles equipped with Takata airbags.

Although the company has recalled 680,000 vehicles equipped with Takata airbags, Volkswagen told safety regulators that it believed a recall isn’t necessary. But considering the German automaker is already in a bit of trouble for its massive diesel emissions scandal, it eventually agreed to the recall. Documents posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website shows that Volkswagen said the request to recall most models “may be overbroad” and that most Volkswagen and Audi vehicles are equipped with Takata airbags made at the company’s factory in Freiberg, Germany. Those¬†airbags have not reported failures like those made in the U.S. and Mexico.

SEE ALSO: VW Recalls 680K Cars for Takata Airbags

The German automaker attributes the airbag inflators’ failure because the factories in Mexico and the U.S. have problems controlling humidity. Volkswagen noted that the Takata German plant has air conditioning and “enjoys more consistent personnel, adding to the stability of the product there.” The letter also revealed that deficiencies in the U.S. and Mexico plants were resolved when the U.S. factory in LaGrange, Georgia shut down in 2005 and air conditioning was added to a factory in Monclova, Mexico in 2011.

[Source: The Detroit News]

Discuss this story on our Volkswagen Forum