Four automakers are currently selling cars that they will probably have to recall in the coming years.
A new report by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation points out that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen are all currently selling vehicles equipped with non-desiccated Takata airbag inflators.
These are the types of inflators that have been exploding with too much force, hurling shrapnel into the passenger compartment of vehicles.
Though this may be worrying, it is not illegal, as a consent order says that it is believed that it takes several years for the inflators to become dangerous. Despite that, if Takata can’t prove to regulators that its current inflators are safe for long-term use by 2018, all of these vehicles will have to be recalled.
In total, nearly 4.7 million vehicles will be built and sold with inflators that will likely have to be recalled sometime after 2018.
The vehicles that are currently built with these airbags include the 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2016 Volkswagen CC and 2016 Audi TT and 2017 R8. FCA didn’t offer details on which of its models are being built with these airbags.