Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Takata add 3.3M air bag inflators to massive recall

Takata add 3.3M air bag inflators to massive recall Takata add 3.3M air bag inflators to massive recall
Russell Knight | 09 January, 2018, 03:42

The Japanese company Takata is expanding its air bag recall to include another 3.3 million faulty inflators.

NHTSA said the airbags can explode when they deploy, causing serious injury or death.

Notices and more information about the recall were posted Saturday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

It's the largest series of recalls affecting 19 automakers and more than 42 million vehicles.

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Per the recall, Takata's chemical mixture used to rapidly inflate the airbags in the event of a crash is unstable when exposed to certain humid conditions. The recalls and criminal conviction forced Takata to file for bankruptcy protection. NHTSA is prioritizing the recalls, putting older models, those in "highest danger zones" in the first priority group. The inflators contain a non-desiccated, phase-stabilised ammonium nitrate propellant, which deteriorates over time, potentially causing it to burn too fast when the airbag is inflated. That can hurl hot shrapnel into unsuspecting drivers and passengers.

The total number of recalls caused by the potentially unsafe airbags is now approaching 50 million and may reach as many as 70 million next year, Takata says. A report by an independent monitor said that as of September 15, 2017, automakers have recalled 43.1 million inflators. Of those, only 18.5 million, or 43%, 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.

Just a few days into 2018, the judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Takata Corp's USA unit cleared the way for the company's creditors to vote on its chapter 11 plan - which critics say limits the legal rights of those who've been injured by the faulty airbags.

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