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Takata Recall to be Expanded to Cover 40 Million Additional Vehicles

Kaitlynn Martin7 months ago

Air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. is expected to soon announce the recall of an additional 35-40 million faulty inflators equipped in U.S. vehicles. This would more than double what is already named the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history.

Details on the Air Bag Recall

According to reports, Takata’s expanded recall will be phased over the course of several years. This recall will cover all frontal air bag inflators without a drying agent.

Up to this point, 14 automakers, led by Honda Motor, have recalled 24 million U.S. vehicles, with 28.8 million inflators. This was due to the risk that the air bags can explode with too much force, resulting in the spraying of metal shards.11 deaths have been linked to faulty airbags manufacutred by Takata.

According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Takata was told they need to expand the recall because the government has determined the root cause of the problems.

Overview of the Recall Expansion

Takata’s new recall is expected to include around 35 million passenger-side air bags as well as some driver-side air bags that do not include a drying agent.

However, NHTSA spokesman Bryan Thomas has declined to confirm the expanded recall, and assures the agency will take all appropriate actions to ensure the safety of American vehicles.

Takata spokesman Jared Levy has also declined to confirm the expansion, but stated the company is “working with regulators and our automaker customers to develop long-term, orderly solutions to these important safety issues”.

Last month, according to NHTSA there were about 85 million unrecalled Takata air bag inflators in U.S.vehicles, which need to be recalled by 2019 unless proven safe.

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