The campaign specifically covers a specific model of Takata inflator with calcium sulfate as a substance to absorb moisture.
Takata has issued a recall for an additional 2.7 million of its airbag inflators out of concern that they could rupture during a deployment. The campaign will affect models from Ford, Mazda, and Nissan.
According to CNN Money, Ford does not yet know the precise models of the 2.2 million vehicles that this campaign affects. Nissan will recall 515,000 examples of the 2007-2012 Versa in the United States, and the company will need to repair a total of 627,000 of them. In addition, Mazda will fix 6,000 examples of the B-Series pickup in the U.S, including 19,000 overall.
Specifically, this recall covers Takata’s PSDI-5 driver frontal air bag inflators that use calcium sulfate to absorb moisture. In time, the propellant can degrade, especially with long-term exposure to humidity and repeated temperature cycling.
Takata does not know of any ruptures from these inflators, and it is conducting this recall “out of an abundance of caution.” Evaluation in the lab of returned inflators showed “a pattern of propellant density reduction over time that is understood to predict a future risk of inflator rupture.” In a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company recommended a national recall of these parts with production dates from 2005 to 2012.
Takata recently filed for bankruptcy, and U.S. supplier Key Safety Systems has negotiated the purchase of nearly all of the firm’s assets for $1.59 billion.
The company’s inflators have continued to be dangerous. For example, Honda reported a fatality in July when a person was working on a 2001 Accord, and the inflator burst when the mechanic hit the disassembled center console with a hammer.
July 10, 2017
2,700,000 Affected Equipment
MANUFACTURER RECALL NOTICE
Takata Corporation (Takata) has determined that certain PSDI-5 driver frontal air bag inflators that use calcium sulfate as a desiccant may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to moderate absolute humidity, temperatures, and temperature cycling. These inflators were assembled as part of the frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment, such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bags. These inflators were installed in U.S.-sold vehicles made by Ford, Mazda and Nissan. This recall is not for all desiccated PSAN inflators; rather it relates to a subset containing calcium sulfate.
Takata will be working with vehicle manufacturers to determine into which vehicles the affected inflators were installed either as original or replacement equipment during service. As this work progresses, various vehicle recalls will likely be announced by the impacted vehicle manufacturers. NHTSA will supply this information as soon as possible.