The one of the largest recalls in U.S. auto making history is just about to get bigger – more than doubling the number of vehicles currently affected.
Takata Corp. Announced that it is preparing to recall at least another 35 million air bag inflators that run the risk of rupture during inflation. U.S. government regulators have deemed the air bag inflators installed in vehicles to be a safety risk after a number of injuries and deaths linked to the inflators that the company manufactures.
Federal regulators may release more information about the expanded recall in the next week. Takata has been in discussions with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earlier this week and the details in connection to the expanded recall have not been released.
So far it has not been released just how many vehicles will be a part of the expanded recall, however, some closest to the manner estimate that it will be in the tens of millions. So far the recall has been of 28.8 million inflators that affect some 24 million vehicles manufactured by more than a dozen automakers.
The bad air bag inflators can cause airbags installed in vehicles to rupture and spray shrapnel. So far the number of deaths connected to the defective inflators is 11, with dozens more people who have been injured.
The air-bag inflators manufactured by Takata use the chemical ammonium nitrate as a propellant, which needs to be dry to function properly. The recalled inflators do not have a drying agent to prevent moisture buildup.
Takata Corp. Was fined some $70 million for having failed to alert the U.S. government about the defective air bags in a timely manner. Additionally, U.S. regulators have ordered Takata to stop using ammonium nitrate in their inflators. That amount could likely grow to some $200 million for additional safety violations.
Because of how Takata airbags were manufactured, there have been a number of injuries and even deaths due to the bags exploding, sending shrapnel into the drivers that were meant to be protected by the devices. There are a number of lawsuits against Takata and these automakers. So far, there have been 24 million vehicles recalled that were fitted with potentially dangerous Takata air bags, and as expected, that number is very likely going to go up soon.
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