The federal government is looking into a potential defect in side air bags in which they don't inflate upon impact.
issue has so far resulted in more than 2,700 Toyota, Honda,
Subaru and Nissan vehicles being recalled, and more could be recalled if the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds the defective parts in other makes.
The Associated Press reports that the recalled vehicles could have an ineffective mixture of the
gas that inflates the side curtain air bags in a crash. That mix could
mean air bags on one or both sides of the cars won't inflate in a crash,
increasing the risk of injury, the agency said in documents posted on
its website. No injuries have resulted so far.
AP said all four companies with recalled vehicles told NHTSA that the
Americas unit of Swedish safety parts maker Autoliv Inc. made the
propellant for the side air bags. The investigation was opened this month.