NHTSA investigating June rupture of side airbag of 2015 model Volkswagen Tiguan

NHTSA investigating June rupture of side airbag of 2015 model Volkswagen Tiguan

According to an earlier-this-week disclosure by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency has initiated an investigation into the rupture of a side airbag in a 2015 model Volkswagen Tiguan in June this year.

As part of the investigation, the NHTSA has sought information from the US divisions of automaker Volkswagen AG and airbag manufacturer Takata Corp on the June rupture of the late-model Tiguan fitted with Takata airbags.

The Takata-manufactured side airbag of a 2015 model Volkswagen Tiguan reportedly ruptured in an early June incident, when the vehicle hit a deer. The incident took place on June 7 in Missouri. The driver of the Tiguan did not report any injuries after the incident.

With the cause of the June rupture of the 2015 model Volkswagen Tiguan's side airbag is still not known, the NHTSA has - in its orders sent on August 13 - asked Volkswagen as well as Takata to provide information in part about the possible reason behind the airbag rupture.

With regard to the NHTSA's investigation, Takata spokesman Jared Levy said the company is cooperating with the agency, and is also probing the incident itself. Levy also added: "We believe it is unrelated to the previous recalls, which the extensive data suggests were a result of aging and long-term exposure to heat and high humidity."

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