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Takata air bags recall expands to 3.3 million vehicles

Takata air bags recall expands to 3.3 million vehicles

Takata, a renowned Japanese air bag maker, has reportedly recalled an additional of over 3.3 million faulty airbag inflators.

Major vehicle manufacturers affected by the model year 2013 recalls include General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Subaru, and Tesla. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high humidity and temperatures and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister. The phased recalls began in May 2016 and stemmed from previous Takata airbag incidents, including 20 reported deaths and 180 injuries worldwide.

Takata supplied the defective air bags to many vehicle manufacturers, creating one of the largest and most complex recalls in USA history.

Visit the NHTSA website to sign up for updates and check the list of makes, models and model years of affected vehicles. Automakers are to report the specific models at a later date. Older models and those in states with high humidity and temperatures are getting priority. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company into bankruptcy protection. The agency also revealed that, Takata's recalls are unprecedented in complexity and size, but nonetheless have resulted in groundbreaking lessons that will aid automakers to accomplish their fix goals faster.

Many automakers have been slow to replace the potentially deadly inflators. According to the Detroit Free Press, 19 automakers have recalled 43.1 million inflators and 18.5 million have in fact been replaced.

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This is part of Takata's historically huge recall of airbag devices that have been going on considering since 2001.

Takata and the vehicle manufacturers will determine which vehicles received the defective inflators either as original or replacement equipment.

NHTSA has said the Takata recalls are unprecedented in size and complexity and have resulted in groundbreaking lessons that will help automakers reach their fix goals.

NHTSA and vehicle manufacturers are urging the public to get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible, saying the recall fix will be free.