ARC Automotive to be probed for Defective Airbags in U.S.

Published By : 16 Jul 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

After Japan’s Takata Corp., ARC Automotive Inc is the second company to be investigated by the U.S. safety regulators for manufacturing defective airbags. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the probe will cover airbags in about 420,000 Fiat Chrysler Town and Country Minivan models of 2002, and 70,000 Kia Optima midsize sedan models of 2004. ARC Automotive has declined to comment on the issue. 

In May this year, Japanese supplier Takata Corp. recalled defective airbags in around 34 million vehicles. This has been the largest automotive recall in U.S. history so far. As a result of recall, Takata boosted its production of parts needed to replace the accident-prone deadly air bag inflators which could spray the vehicle occupants with metal fragments. The probe had revealed that the air bag inflators were found to explode with excessive force, spraying the metal fragments inside cars. The component supplied by Takata has been linked to six deaths in cars made by Honda Motor Co. 

With the latest NHTSA investigation, car maker Fiat Chrysler has mentioned that they are cooperating with the regulatory body. Spokesperson from Fiat Chrysler, Eric Mayne mentioned that they are no longer using the airbags in their car models. The NHTSA has stated that it received two complaints regarding ARC inflators, one in December 2009 and the other in June this year. The agency said that the incidents involved no known fatalities. The investigation has been opened to collect all known facts from the suppliers and the auto manufacturers to find a common root cause in these incidents.
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