NHTSA says cars are still safe.
Automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are still inspecting millions of vehicles equipped with defective passenger side Takata airbag inflators. However, it turns out that some companies are still selling brand new cars with the faulty airbags, and Daimler and Ferrari are among them.
Citing a Senate report, Automotive News says both companies are allowed to do so, as NHTSA has already explained they won’t become unsafe until “exposed to high humidity for an extended period.” The vehicles in question include the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and 2016-2017 E-Class, and numerous 2016 and 2017 model year Ferraris like the FF, California T, 488 GTB/488 Spider, F12/F12tdf, and GTC4 Lusso.
It is also reported that the automakers will recall these vehicles by the end of 2018, and Daimler and Ferrari will inform customers that the vehicles they are buying will be subject to future recalls.
Other manufacturers that are still using Takata airbags are Toyota, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Volkswagen, and all they have agreed to also notify future buyers of the upcoming recalls.
Early last month it was announced many major marques are planning big recalls related to the Takata international safety scandal. For example, General Motors is recalling nearly 1.9 million vehicles from its brands globally, while Audi is fixing about 217,000 cars.
Source: Automotive News