The largest recall in automobile safety history has become even bigger.
Honda, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, General Motors, and Ford have added on to the continuing recall of the Takata air bag inflators’ defect by recalling an additional 12 million vehicles. This time the new recall affects passenger-side air bag inflators. Previously, prior recalls were for frontal inflators.
The problem with the air bags is with the inflators, which have exploded when involved in accidents causing shards of sharp metal into the vehicle. Takata reports that manufacturing problems, together with exposure to moisture in cars in humid regions, can cause the propellant to degrade. This causes the propellant to burn too strongly when the airbag is deployed, and ruptures the inflator. In May 2015, Takata finally acknowledged the obvious and admitted that their airbags were defective.
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Since 2008, approximately 24 million U.S. vehicles have been recalled due to this Takata air bag defect. Approximately 2.3 million vehicles in this recall were previously recalled for the driver side inflator recalls.
Interestingly, of these 24 million cars that have been recalled, only approximately 1/3 of the defective inflators have been replaced.
Finally, Takata will announce as many as 40 million additional air bag inflators defective by 2019, which will involve 17 automakers.
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