Airbag recall may widen

(NBC News) The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says more data is needed before a massive recall of Takata airbags is expanded.

Earlier, NHTSA officials had stated that an additional 85 million bags may need to be recalled. More than million vehicles have already been recalled due to faulty Takata airbags.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind told a Congressional committee Thursday the evidence so far shows the rupturing airbags are mainly in older model vehicles.

“We are only seeing rupture at 7.5 years, and that is with all the other risk factors involoved as well,” Rosekind testified.

Rosekind says that was the case when a 17-year-old girl near Houston, Texas was killed two weeks ago not from the impact of her 14-year-old Honda rear-ending another car,
but from the exploding airbag.

He added that too many vehicle owners still don’t know about or aren’t participating in the recall.

So far 14 automakers have been effected by the recall, the largest in U.S. history.

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