For embattled Japanese supplier Takata, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has both good news and bad.
U.S. safety regulators earlier this week announced that the recall linked to potentially deadly frontal airbags will be smaller than originally predicted. But NHTSA now says it has begun an investigation that could yet add millions more vehicles using Takata’s airbags inflators due to new reports of dangerous malfunctions.
What’s particularly worrisome to observers is that the latest investigation could expand a future recall to cover not just older vehicles but millions of newer models. And the new NHTSA probe is targeting a wider range of airbag types, including side-impact restraints, and not just the frontal devices covered by the original Takata recall.