Takata adds 3.3 million air bag inflators to massive recall

Takata recalls another 3.3 million vehicles in the United States to replace faulty frontal airbag inflators

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and vehicle manufacturers urge the public to get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible; the recall fix is free.

Experts cite that cheating scandals of this nature are not new to the automotive & transportation industry, be it Volkswagen's "defeat devices" or Takata's defective airbag inflators.

The most recent recalls include frontal airbags in some 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made by Honda, Toyota, Audi BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Tesla. NHTSA says this recall is for select 2013 vehicles that had ever been registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At least 20 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 injured.

Since the recall began, Takata has filed for bankruptcy, been fined $1 billion, and three executives have been convicted for falsifying data. Automakers are to report the specific models at a later date. 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. Of those, only 18.5 million, or 43 percent, have been replaced even though Takata recalls began in 2001.

As per NHTSA, the organization is attentively monitoring the company's progress and is also working on expanding good practices to boost the completion rates.

Investigation reports reveal that Takata's defective airbag inflators are easily vulnerable to explode in a crash and shower the drivers and passengers with hot shrapnel. The NHTSA expects "numerous" vehicle recalls to be announced by the automakers, not Takata. You can also use their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) tool to see if your vehicle is part of the recall.

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