Oak Hill, WV (WOAY) – Federal safety regulators are pushing to get 52 million airbags recalled because of the potential threat to motorists.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says models made by ARC Automotive and Delphi automotive systems could explode.
Regulators say that could severely injure or even kill a car’s occupants.
At least two people have died in the U.S. and Canada, with seven serious injuries recorded since 2016.
The potentially dangerous airbags can be found in models by General Motors, Stellantis, Ford, and most major foreign-manufactured brands.
This recall would be nearly as large as the 67 million Takata airbags that were recalled starting in 2014.
NHTSA says those airbags were responsible for more than 400 injuries and 18 fatalities in U.S. vehicles, forcing their maker, Takata, into bankruptcy.
Meanwhile, it should be noted ARC Automotive executives are disputing the federal agency’s safety data.