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Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Takata adds 3.3M air bag inflators to recall

Takata adds 3.3M air bag inflators to recall

An additional 3.3 million cars using Takata airbag inflators have been added to an already massive recall list.

Major vehicle manufacturers affected by the model year 2013 recalls include General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Subaru, and Tesla. The NHTSA said the propellant in the inflators breaks down after long-term exposure to high-temperature fluctuations and humidity, which can cause the propellant to burn too quickly.

The Takata devices have been linked to 20 deaths and 180 people hurt worldwide.

Takata supplied the defective air bags to many vehicle manufacturers, creating one of the largest and most complex recalls in US history. Automakers are to report the specific models at a later date. The fix: Once it has been determined that a vehicle meets the requirement for these recalls, replacement airbags will be installed, NHTSA says. NHTSA is prioritizing the recalls, putting older models, those in "highest danger zones" in the first priority group. Sources further disclose that, the scandal has forced Takata to file for bankruptcy in June 2017, owing to spiraling debts. The inflators can explode in a crash and spray passengers with potentially lethal metal shards. Of those, only 18.5 million, or 43 percent, have been replaced even though Takata recalls began in 2001. The agency said it is monitoring the automakers' progress and working to expand best practices to boost completion rates.

NHTSA has said the Takata recalls are unprecedented in size and complexity and have resulted in groundbreaking lessons that will help automakers reach their fix goals. All defective Takata air bags are under recall and will be replaced for free. To find out if a vehicle is on the recall list for defective Takata air bags, visit the NHTSA website.

The NHTSA has an online lookup tool where drivers can enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to determine if any safety or recall issues affect your vehicle.

This recall also includes some 800,000 model year 2009 vehicles ever registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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