Autoliv is cooperating with Toyota in the recall of 1.43M Prius and Lexus models equipped with airbags made by the Swedish-American manufacturer. While no injuries have been reported to date, seven of the bags partially inflated in parked cars without a deployment signal having been sent. Metal pieces were sent into the car’s interior. Based in Stockholm, Autoliv supplies airbags to most major auto companies, including many of the replacement Takata airbag inflators. After consulting leading automotive engineering experts, automakers recalled more than 60M vehicles with Takata airbags in the US, making it the largest safety recall in automotive history.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states:
Stop Sale/Safety Recall: Honda 2007-2015 Multi-Model Driver’s Airbag Inflator Stop Sale/Safety Recall:
Honda 2007-2015 Multi-Model Driver’s Airbag Inflator In certain vehicles, the driver’s (front) airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure during airbag deployment. If an affected airbag deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator casing to rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, possibly causing injury or fatality to vehicle occupants.
Automotive engineering experts use their knowledge to evaluate the mechanics and design of automotive components such as seat belts, tires, airbags, and brakes. Their expertise is critical in evaluating faulty design and/or manufacturing such as that evidenced in these automobile airbag recalls. These experts are knowledgeable in automotive industry standards as well as federal regulations designed to ensure automotive safety.