Takata has announced the recall of 2.7 million airbag inflators equipped in Ford, Nissan, and Mazda vehicles. The recall deals with a new type of inflator that is different from those included in previous recalls and was previously believed to be safe.
According to ABC Action News, previous Takata-related recalls dealt with airbag inflators using ammonium nitrate as a propellant.
However, in a statement released Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said tests done by Takata show that an alternate type of inflator, called a desiccated inflator, “will pose a safety risk if not replaced.”
Previous Takata recalls have marked the largest automotive recall in U.S. history with 42 million vehicles and up to 69 million airbag inflators being affected. Further, at least 17 deaths and 180 injuries have been linked to the problem.
The following vehicles are affected by the latest Takata recall:
Ford is by far the most affected by the recall with roughly 2.2 million vehicles subject to recalls. The automaker is still working to determine which models are affected.