Takata has added another 3.3 million defective airbag inflators to its ongoing recall of airbag inflators that can explode upon deployment. The addition expands what is already the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
About the Takata Airbag Recall Expansion
According to CNBC, the recall is being expanded to cover certain 2009, 2010, and 2013 vehicles manufactured by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Tesla.
The automakers will provide information on the specific models affected by the recall expansion when they file paperwork with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) latter this month.
Consumers affected by the recall can expect to be notified soon.
Takata Airbags Linked to 20 Deaths
With the latest expansion, recalls have been issued for more than 45 million vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags. Despite initial recalls being issued more than four years ago, repair rates for vehicles fall between 2 percent and 65 percent depending on manufacturer.
The defective air bags have been linked to at least 20 deaths with the majority of those deaths occurring in Honda vehicles.
The faulty airbag fiasco has resulted in Takata and its U.S. unit, TK Holdings Inc., declaring bankruptcy.