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Feds seek answers on potentially explosive air-bag inflators

Federal security regulators are asking car producers about doubtlessly faulty air-bag inflators estimated to be in tens of hundreds of thousands of vehicles, following a string of recall campaigns and accidents. 

In letters despatched this week to a couple of dozen auto makers and suppliers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mentioned it was in search of info on inflators used for each passenger and driver-side air luggage that had been made by Knoxville, Tenn.-based ARC Automotive Inc. 

The letters mark the most recent step in an investigation begun greater than seven years in the past by NHTSA, the nation’s prime auto-safety regulator, into ARC’s inflators. The elements have exploded not less than six occasions in autos on U.S. roads in crashes which have left two individuals useless and 4 injured, in line with NHTSA filings and courtroom paperwork.

ARC didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. NHTSA declined to remark concerning the letters. 

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 Ford Motor Co.
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 BMW AG
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have issued seven comparatively small recall campaigns linked to NHTSA’s examination protecting about 6,400 autos with ARC inflators. The most up-to-date got here in July, when VW mentioned it was recalling about 1,200 vehicles in response to an inflator rupture in a 2016 Audi A3 e-tron that injured the driving force. 

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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