U.S. opens probe into 30 million vehicles

US auto security investigators have opened a new investigation into 30 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbag inflators.
That emerges from a US government document that Reuters viewed on Sunday.
The new investigation includes vehicles assembled by Honda, Ford, Toyota, GM, Nissan, Tesla, BMW and other luxury brands that did not respond or declined to comment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday opened an investigation into approximately 30 million U.S. vehicles built between 2001 and 2019.
Car companies have been made aware of the investigation, which has not yet been published.
The vehicles that are part of the new investigation have inflators with a desiccant known as a "desiccant".
According to an NHTSA document viewed by Reuters, there is no current safety risk for the desiccant, but "more studies are needed to assess the long-term safety of dried inflators."
More than 67 million Takata airbag inflators have been recalled in the United States in the past decade and more than 100 million worldwide in the largest industry recall in history.
There have been at least 28 deaths worldwide, 19 in the United States, and more than 400 injuries have been linked to faulty Takata inflators.
The NHTSA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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