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Another 85 Million U.S Vehicles Could be Subject to Takata Recalls

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Kathleen Becker1 year ago

CBS reports that federal regulators may require Takata to recall an additional 85 million airbag inflators in connection with a potentially fatal defect.

NHTSA: Takata Must Prove Airbags are Safe

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the inflator defect can cause airbags to rupture and explode upon deployment, resulting in serious injury or even death.

Approximately 85 million Takata air bag inflators will have to be recalled if Takata fails to prove to regulators that the products are safe.  The resulting expansion would be in addition to the 28.8 million inflators that have already been recalled.

If the recall is ordered, it would cost Takata billions of dollars.

Defective Airbags Linked to 11 Deaths

So far, 11 deaths have been linked to the defective Takata airbag inflators, with 10 of those deaths occurring in the United States.

The most recent victim who died due to a Takata airbag rupture was 17-year-old Huma Hanif of Houston

Bryan Thomas, a spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration previously confirmed that “[Hanif's] death was tied to a rupture of the Takata airbag inflator.”  Reports indicate Hanif was struck by a piece of metal shrapnel ejected from a faulty airbag inflator and bled to death.

Investigators claim that if not for the defective airbag, the girl may have walked away from the accident without any serious injuries. The impact was described as moderate, and one investigator described the initial crash as the kind of accident police and EMS respond to every day.

Investigators also determined that Hanif was not speeding at the time of the incident.


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