Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Manufacturer Press | posted August 19, 2015 10:11
Tesla & Volkswagen may be at risk with continued use of Takata airbag inflators
It seems that auto giant Volkswagen and booming electric car company Tesla are still safe from Takata’s global airbag recall as both companies are still using airbag inflators from the troubled auto parts supplier.
This may cause more harm than good however since this will put Volkswagen and Tesla in a precarious predicament should a fatality or injury be reported on any defective airbags that deploy.
According to Automotive News, Takata has supplied Volkswagen with 887,005 airbag inflators since January 2011 while Tesla was able to get 184,926 units of the inflator since January 2012. All of the airbag inflators use ammonium nitrate, a key component in explosives and the propellant that allows airbags to instantly deploy in an event of a collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has since ordered Takata to list down all of the companies that they have supplied with the said airbag inflators as they are now investigating if ammonium nitrate is actually safe to use for airbag deployment.
Takata has also said that it may be the root of the problem since it has caused airbag ruptures and flawed manufacturing processes.
For Tesla’s sake, the Japanese parts supplier has assured the electric car company that they will not be affected by the global airbag recall. Volkswagen AG decided to play it safe and is working with Takata in investigating side airbag problems.
In a previous report, other automakers that were affected by the Takata airbag recall has since used airbag inflators from ZF TRW, Autoliv and Daicel as such. Fiat Chrysler is reportedly using a new inflator from ZF TRW that doesn’t use ammonium nitrate.
Source: Automotive News