NHTSA reports Takata airbag replacement work 34% completed

In mid-August, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its latest information on how Toyota is handling recalls due to defective Takata airbags.

The recall is due to the risk that the density of the inflator’s gas forming agent may not be sufficient due to the fact that moisture absorption preventative measures were improperly carried out in the casting and molding process. This could result in the inflator’s internal pressure rising irregularly upon inflation, causing the vessel to rupture, which could result in fire or injuries to passengers.

The report released by the NHTSA says that Toyota has so far completed 1,178,638 replacements. This represents a total of 34.4% of the total cars affected by the recall.

Of the total replaced, 70,329 were driver’s side airbags and 1,108,309 were passenger side airbags. The NHTSA reported that this means of those replaced, 44% were for driver’s side and 33.9% for passenger side.

(Translated by Greg Scott)