Million Takata Airbags Recalled for New Defect

Yolanda Curtis
July 14, 2017

Takata Corp. will recall an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the USA after they concluded they could explode in a crash despite using a chemical additive to ensure their safety.

The latest expansion of the Takata recall has many safety advocates anxious that the number of vehicles using faulty airbags could expand even further.

Takata has added a new type of air bag inflator, expanding the nation's largest automotive recall by 2.7 million vehicles, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

NHTSA said in a statement that not all Takata inflators with a desiccant are being recalled. The inflater can combust in an "over-aggressive" manner, potentially rupturing and causing harm, according to a filing Takata submitted to the highway safety administration.

Kuffo's auto had been included in one of the many Takata recalls, but a Honda spokesperson told the Times the recall was never completed on his vehicle. The previous recalls focused on inflators without desiccants.

Faulty inflators, which can blast shrapnel into drivers and passengers, have resulted in the recall of tens of millions of vehicles. On Monday, Honda said a person in Florida died last summer after one ruptured in a parked 2001 Accord during an unspecified fix with a hammer. In time, the propellant can degrade, especially with long-term exposure to humidity and repeated temperature cycling.

Mounting liabilities from the recalls pushed Takata to file for bankruptcy in June to facilitate a sale of most of its assets to rival supplier Key Safety Systems Inc.

In the latest recall are 515,000 Nissan Versa subcompact hatchback and sedans from the 2007 through 2012 model years. Mazda said only about 6,000 of its B-Series trucks will need to be repaired.

Some 68 million Takata inflators are already set to be recalled through 2019 because they may explode in a crash and spray vehicle occupants with metal shards.

Ford has not announced models of the 2.2 million vehicles recalled and has five days to respond to the Takata filing.

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