Bloomberg News report
TOKYO (Sept. 28, 2015) — The U.S. regulator overseeing the replacement of Takata Corp. airbags is considering an order that would expand the recalls and has contacted seven manufacturers who could be affected, including Volkswagen A.G. and Tesla Motors Inc.
Takata identified the seven as companies that it's supplied with airbag inflators that use ammonium nitrate propellant, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in letters dated Sept. 22. Takata has said that the chemical propellant appears to be one of many factors contributing to airbag ruptures linked to at least eight deaths and 130 injuries.
The Japanese company told NHTSA in July that it continued to supply airbags with ammonium nitrate to VW and Tesla. The agency contacted those manufacturers, as well as