In the latest round of Takata recalls, 2.7 million air bag inflators have been determined by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be unsafe for drivers and passengers, due to new testing that shows the air bags can rupture.
Takata air bag inflators have already been linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide, according to Reuters. On Monday Honda Motor Company confirmed an 11th U.S. death involving one of its vehicles due to a faulty Takata air bag inflator.
It had previously been determined that Takata inflators rupture after long-term exposure to high humidity. Prior recalls have involved air bag inflators without a drying agent. The latest recall involves air bags with a drying agent, according to Reuters.
“Takata has told the public that their line of air bag inflators with moisture absorbent was safe. This recall now raises serious questions about the threat posed by all of Takata’s ammonium nitrate-based airbags,” U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said in a statement.
He added, “If even more are found to be defective, it will take us from the biggest recall ever to something that could become mind-boggling.”
Of the 46.2 million Takata air bag inflators already recalled, approximately 65 percent have not been repaired. Eventually, 125 million air bags will be recalled that had been installed in vehicles from 2012-2015, affecting 17 automakers worldwide.
The latest round of recalls targets Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Company, and Mazda Motor Corporation vehicles. Ford spokesman John Cangany said that the recall covers about 2.2 million Ford vehicles, saying, “we aren’t aware of any incidents, and test data doesn’t suggest any issues.”
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