Takata adds 3.3 million air bag inflators to massive recall

Takata adds 3.3 million air bag inflators to massive recall

Takata adds 3.3 million air bag inflators to massive recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Saturday that an additional 3.3 million air bag inflators are being added to what is now the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

They include Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Daimler vans, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla.

Notices and more information about the recall were posted Saturday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high humidity and temperatures and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister. The tally now stands at approximately 34 million vehicles, making it the largest wave of recalls in USA history. Sources further disclose that, the scandal has forced Takata to file for bankruptcy in June 2017, owing to spiraling debts.

Investigation reports reveal that Takata's defective airbag inflators are easily vulnerable to explode in a crash and shower the drivers and passengers with hot shrapnel. Automakers are to report the specific models at a later date.

The recalls, which are being managed by NHTSA, are being phased in over the next three years.

NHTSA says this recall is for select 2013 vehicles that had ever been registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Older models and those in states with high humidity and temperatures are getting priority. According to NHTSA, the recalls issued by Japanese air bag maker Takata began in May 2016 and will continue through December 2019, bringing the number of affected air bags to between 65-70 million. Once production of the replacements for defective inflators are completed, Takata will shutter its airbag division. The agency also has the authority to fine automakers that don't make recall repairs in a timely manner.

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