DETROIT – Metal fragments from an exploding airbag pump that killed the driver of an old Volvo, reaching a recall of up to 54,000 US cars, regulators said Saturday.
The pump is made by auto parts supplier ZF / TRW, but US government documents show the device works similarly to the deadly gas pump made by Takata.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is reviewing data with Volvo on other vehicles equipped with inflatable systems and will decide whether to take further action.
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ZF / TRW, headquartered in the US in the Detroit suburbs, didn’t immediately respond to the remaining messages on Saturday asking whether similar pumps would be sold to other automakers. or not.
The NHTSA said the death of the ZF / TRW syringe was the only known incident worldwide.
The recall includes the 2001-2003 Volvo S60 and S80 cars. Volvo says it will replace the driver’s airbag for customers free of charge.
Japanese parts maker Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion that inflated the airbag in an accident. But chemicals can degrade over time when exposed to moisture in the air. The explosion could explode a metal box and throw shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
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At least 26 people have been killed worldwide because of the hype, including 17 in the United States.
This issue has caused the largest series of auto recalls in US history, with at least 63 million units recalled. As of September, more than 11.1 million have not been repaired, according to the US government. About 100 million inflators have been recovered worldwide.
The NHTSA said on Saturday that the ZF / TRW steam pump does not use ammonium nitrate to inflate the air bag.
The Volvo recall includes vehicles sold or registered in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and US Virgin Islands.
Volvo said in documents posted by the NHTSA that registration data showed that about 13,800 recalled cars were still in use.