New Cars Are Still Being Sold With Possibly Deadly Takata Airbags

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

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.

SEE ALSO: Takata Airbag Recall Expansion Adds 12M More Vehicles in US

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.

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Shaongaon Shaongaon on Jun 03, 2016

    Of course they are. They figured out that this way yields more profit, even with (minimal) blowback from their irresponsible practices.