7OYS CONSUMER ALERT: Exploding airbags in older vehicles
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
A Seven On Your Side Consumer Alert with concerns about airbags that could be in some eight million older vehicles.
ABC7 News Investigative reporter Lisa Fletcher has been all over the issues with airbags made by Takata, including discovering that some airbags that have already been replaced still have concerns.
Now, I-Team Investigator Scott Taylor reports federal regulators are accusing an American company of stonewalling their investigation into a deadly car cash.
ABC News is taking a closer look at the search for some eight million potentially exploding airbags on the road right now.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating several reported incidents of exploding airbags including one that killed a woman in Canada this summer.
Feds now sas the company that manufactured those airbags, ARC Automotive out of Tennessee, has failed to report crash info and test results as part of the investigation.
Since 2014, more than 100 million Takata airbags were recalled world wide after the Japanese company's airbags were linked to multiple injuries and deaths.
Sean Kane, the founder and President of Safety Research & Strategies says, "It's GM, it's Chrysler, it's Hyundai, it's Kia who are ultimately responsible for the airbags they put in their car."
The airbags being investigated now are believed to be in older GM, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai, and Kia cars.
Officials told ABC News that they don't know which specific models are effected, but they say the incidents included a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country, a 2004 Kia Optima, and a 2009 Hyundai Elantra.