The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into airbags made by ARC Automotive Inc., which supplied parts for minivans made by Chrysler and Kia. The inquiry comes after two incidents were reported to regulators that require further investigation.
This most recent investigation comes on the heels of the largest recall in automotive history. Airbags made by Takata Corp. were discovered to be extremely dangerous and can explode, sending shrapnel throughout the vehicle. So far, seven deaths have been linked to the airbags. Takata recalled 34 million vehicles in the U.S. Those vehicles are made by 11 automakers, including Honda, BMW, and Toyota.
This most recent investigation began with a report regulators received in December about an accident involving a Chrysler Town and Country Minivan. It was involved in an accident which caused the airbag to deploy. Upon deployment, it exploded, and shot metal through the driver’s neck, into her spine, and sent shards into her chest and jaw. The driver survived and the case settled out of court. Another similar accident involving a Kia Optima is being investigated. The cause of that accident has not yet been determined.
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