The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a new investigation into more than 30 million vehicles over potentially faulty Takata airbag inflators. The probe includes an estimated 30 million vehicles built by over a dozen different automakers, including General Motors and rivals like Ford, Toyota and Nissan.
The investigation includes both vehicles that were produced with a potentially faulty Takata airbag inflator and vehicles that were repaired using one of these inflators under a previous recall campaign, Reuters reports. The safety watchdog said the investigation will include reviewing Takata’s production processes and conducting surveys of affected inflators in the real world.
Vehicles involved in this investigation feature a Takata inflator that uses a certain kind of drying agent to remove moisture from the system. NHTSA says no ruptures have been linked to these inflators yet, however it has concerns over how the inflators will hold up over time.
“While no present safety risk has been identified, further work is needed to evaluate the future risk of non-recalled desiccated inflators,” NHTSA said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters. “Further study is needed to assess the long-term safety of desiccated inflators.”
The initial Takata airbag recall campaign included more than 100 million vehicles worldwide. The inflators involved in this recall would become unstable and prone to rupturing after extended exposure to moisture and high temperatures. A total of 28 deaths have been linked to this inflator worldwide, along with more than 400 injuries. Of those deaths, 19 occurred in the United States.
This investigation includes certain General Motors vehicles, along with products from Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Tesla, Ferrari, Mazda, Daimler, BMW, Stellantis, Porsche and more. The investigation has not yet been made public, Reuters reports, however automakers affected by the campaign were made aware of it on Friday. It’s not clear which GM vehicles feature inflators involved in the investigation. It’s also not known if vehicles involved in the investigation will eventually be subject to recall.