According to the NHTSA, the number of vehicles with defected Takata airbags is now 19.2 million.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently shared some good news. According to the NHTSA, estimates the number of defected Takata airbags is now lower. Previously it was estimated 30 million vehicles had faulty Takata airbags.
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Now it seems only 19.2 million airbags are left with defects. This seems like the only good news in the whole Takata air bags fiasco. It seems only 2.3 million Takata airbags with faults are now left.
The number has gone down substantially from the 34 million defective Takata airbags. Data from automakers claims more than 4.4 million airbags have been repaired.
The difference between the vehicles and airbag count is due to the presence of not one but two inflators. It seems the recall is finally proving effective. If the same rate continues, all the defected Takata airbags will be removed before any more damage.
NHTSA for its part is taking no risks. NHTSA revealed to Automotive News that there is always room for errors in such a big recall. If the government finds any anomalies, the recall could even be expanded.
Concerns are present if the new inflators are any good. Previously repaired vehicles could even be recalled again if any defect is found.
On the other hand Battell Memorial Institute is closer to finding the root cause of the defect. The institute has been working in collaboration with NHTSA to research the massive Takata recall.
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The institute also found the early tests are in line with the reports by Takata. Sources claim the hot and humid weather is the biggest risk to these inflators.