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Takata adds 2.7M airbags to 42 million recalls

14 July, 2017, 13:04 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • This graphic from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows an airbag expanding shooting shrapnel toward the driver

This time the company is adding 2.7 million cars to their growing list of cars with potentially unsafe airbag inflators. It already has recalled airbags in 42 million vehicles since 2008.

Takata has issued a recall for an additional 2.7 million of its airbag inflators out of concern that they could rupture during a deployment.

The vehicles affected were built by Ford, Nissan and Mazda in their 2005 through 2012 model years, the AP said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Takata is "taking this action out of an abundance of caution" though it has received no reports of any field ruptures and has not experienced any as a result of the field evaluation program.

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.

Years of exposure to hot, humid climates can cause the ammonium nitrate propellant used in Takata inflators to become unstable and ignite with too much force when they deploy in a crash. About 70 million airbags have been covered by recalls in the US, a figure that grows to more than 100 million worldwide. 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. NHTSA gave Takata until the end of 2019 to prove that inflators with the drying agents are safe, or they must be recalled as well.

On June 26, it announced it was filing for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the United States, and selling its assets.

According to a report from the New York Times, the victim was using a hammer to fix a parked 2001 Honda Accord at his Miami home when the air bag inflator ruptured and exploded. Mazda said only about 6,000 of its B-Series trucks will need to be repaired.

Last month, Takata filed for bankruptcy.

Ford has not announced models of the 2.2 million vehicles recalled and has five days to respond to the Takata filing. Nissan will recall 515,000 examples of the 2007-2012 Versa in the United States, and the company will need to fix a total of 627,000 of them.

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