Fewer cars appear to have defective Takata airbags than initially estimated by US authorities, according to an analysis by Reuters.
The news agency studied data submitted by federal investigators and confirmed by car companies.
It reported that the number of vehicles on US roads with potentially defective Takata airbags appears to be less than half the 34 million initially estimated by federal regulators.
About 16.2 million vehicles, or one in 16 cars on US highways, may have one or two defective airbags made by Japan’s Takata Corp.
On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it knows there are about 30 million potentially defective Takata parts that need to be replaced.
However, it said it does not know the absolute number, according to the report.
The Reuters analysis said the number of affected vehicles could rise above 20 million as some regional Takata recalls are expanded nationally.
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