NHTSA Issues Order Regarding 67 Million Car Airbags

ARC Automotive is expected to submit to an investigation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made a special order public that requires ARC Automotive Inc. to answer questions about their car airbag inflators under oath. The NHTSA has been conducting an investigation into ARC since 2015, responding to occasional but dangerous ruptures in ARC air bag inflators that have been consistently occurring from 2009 to the present.

The agency came to the tentative conclusion that the ruptures are not “random ‘one-off’” accidents, theorizing that ARC manufactures their air bag inflators with the knowledge that their process allows for a higher amount of errors than alternative manufacturing processes.

There are currently 67 million ARC airbag inflators installed in U.S. vehicles. In May, General Motors recalled 1.03 million of their vehicles after an ARC inflator rupture caused facial injuries to a person while driving. Other ARC ruptures have resulted in two deaths, one in 2015 and another in 2021.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Deputy Administrator Sophie Shulman as she heads the NHTSA.
  • For NHTSA officials as they investigate the issue with the airbag inflators.
  • For Secretary Buttigieg as he oversees the various agencies within the Transportation Department.

Sources: Reuters, AP


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