The federal government has been overestimating with the number of vehicles that has been affected by the Takata air bag recall. The overestimation by the federal government has been pegged at 40%. This is an alarming figure and now the agency that has given the estimated figure is correcting it. The agency has estimated the figure to be 19.2 million vehicles. The agency that has given this figure is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Even though the recalled vehicle numbers have been lowered, this is still the largest auto recall in its history and is a matter of concern. The Japanese auto parts maker had given in to the pressure of the federal regulators and recalled more than 30 million vehicles with the damaged airbags. But now, the FHTSA has revised the numbers to just 19.2 million. This number has been put forth by NHTSA after getting the accurate information from all the 11 affected auto manufacturers.
The agency had earlier estimated that 30 million U.S. vehicles were fitted with 34 million defective airbags that had been linked to hundreds of injuries and 8 deaths. The agency officials have said that the number has come down drastically after double counting and this number could fluctuate in the future as well.
As many as 4 million vehicles have already undergone repair for the defective Tataka air bags. Another 4 million vehicles have been found out to be carrying defective Inflators in both the passenger side air bags as well as driver air bags.
The NHTSA agency has also said that it is looking at establishing a Coordinated remedy Program to take care of this serious airbag defective inflation problem so that all the affected vehicles can be quickly fitted with the correct air bags without causing further damages to car users.
All the affected auto manufactures have been consulted by the NHTSA agency to find the quickest possible solution to replace the defective inflators. They have also approached the air bag suppliers to gather as much information as possible on inflator risk factors and the supplies of inflators.
The agency has plans to hold a public discussion about the inflator problems and the efforts put in to restore parity during the fall season. The Coordinated Remedy Program would also be part of the discussion so that all the risk factors are addressed first and quick solutions to the defective inflator problem are reached at.
The NHTSA has finished its own testing of the Tataka airbag inflators. The investigation into the rupture of a Tataka airbag that took place in June is still on.