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Safety Regulators Double Takata Faulty Air Bag Inflator Recalls

Safety Regulators Double Takata Faulty Air Bag Inflator Recalls

By Philly Murtha, May 05, 2016
This week, federal safety regulators ordered the recall of an additional 35-40 million faulty Takata frontal air bag inflators that pose a major safety risk of unexpected rupture. The latest action doubles the initial recall campaign for 28.8 million defective air bag inflators, which has become the largest consumer product recall in U.S. history. Ruptures of these inflators are tied to 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States, according to safety officials.

Recalls will be conducted by 17 automakers in five phases, beginning this month and continuing through December 2019, officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advised. The accelerated five phases are being ordered based on extent of risk, determined by age of vehicle air bag inflators and exposure to high humidity and fluctuating high temperatures.

In previous actions, Takata Corp. recalled vehicles from a dozen automakers, including Honda Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. With the new recalls, some 69 million air bag inflators are covered in vehicles produced by 17 automakers, including Tesla Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, and Fisker Automotive. To date, the NHTSA reports that 8.1 million air bag inflators without a chemical drying agent to reduce moisture have been repaired.

Vehicle owners can find out if their vehicle’s front driver and passenger-side air bag inflators are part of the latest recall by regularly checking www.safercar.gov for updates and information on how to contact a dealer and have their vehicle fixed without charge. Japanese automotive component supplier Takata is working with safety regulators and automaker customers to come up with long-term solutions to fix the problem with inflators.
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