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NHTSA Investigating Minivan Airbags

by David Zatz on

The NHTSA is already expanding its airbag investigations beyond Takata, moving to inflator supplier ARC Automotive.

The investigation — the agency is only gathering data now — is based on two complaints, one from 2009 (the minivan) and one from 2015 (the Kia sedan). The airbags were used in around 420,000 2002 Town & Country minivans and 2004-on Kia Optima cars. At this time, there is only an investigation, with the agency gathering information from the automakers. There are no known fatalities, and the airbags were assembled by different suppliers — Key Safety Systems for Chrysler and Delphi for Kia. Both inflators used ammonium nitrate as the basis for their propellent.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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