Takata Airbag Recall Could Expand to Include Another 85M Vehicles

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Takata airbag recall could expand to include another 85 million vehicles in the U.S.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said that there are nearly 85 million potentially defective Takata airbags still on the road today that could eventually be recalled if the safety company isn’t able to prove that they are safe. From that total, 43.4 million are passenger-side inflators while 26.9 million are side airbag inflators. The remaining 14.5 million are driver-side inflators.

The Takata airbag recall has already included 28.8 million vehicles in the U.S. after it was discovered that the faulty inflators could explode with too much force, spraying metal shrapnel inside the vehicles and seriously injuring occupants. This has led to dozens of deaths globally.

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Worldwide, more than 50 million vehicles have been recalled as a result of faulty Takata airbags and under an agreement last year, the company has until 2019 to prove that all unrecalled airbag inflators are safe.

Japanese automaker Honda has recalled the most vehicles to date on the issue and has said that it would cooperate with authorities if additional recalls are necessary. Some automakers have already said they will stop using Takata airbag inflators in new vehicles and have been sourcing replacement inflators from other suppliers.

[Source: Reuters]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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