Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Takata Adds 2.7 Million New Airbags to Recall

Takata Adds 2.7 Million New Airbags to Recall

According to a report from the New York Times, the victim was using a hammer to fix a parked 2001 Honda Accord at his Miami home when the air bag inflator ruptured and exploded. More than 180 people have been injured in the United States alone. To find out if your auto or truck is part of the recall, go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and key in the 17-digit vehicle identification number. "If even more are found to be defective, it will take us from the biggest recall ever to something that could become mind-boggling". The inflators have caused the largest automotive recall in US history with 42 million vehicles and up to 69 million inflators being called back for repairs. The agency says it has no reports of any inflators with the desiccant rupturing.

The inflators were made from 2005 through 2012 and installed in vehicles manufactured by Nissan, Mazda and Ford, according to a recall notice posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

The recall disclosed Tuesday covers inflators using calcium sulfate as a desiccant.

Takata does not know of any ruptures from these inflators, and it is conducting this recall "out of an abundance of caution".

This latest airbag inflator recall was prompted by test results that show predictors of future explosions, the NHSTA said in a statement. Mazda said only about 6,000 of its B-Series trucks will need to be repaired.

The latest recall raises doubts about the safety of other Takata Corp. inflators that use ammonium nitrate and drying agents. Since then, the inflators in question have been tested and Takata determined that while none of them did explode, they do pose a risk of exploding, which could be fatal.

Takata declared bankruptcy last month, its assets sold to Detroit-based supplier Key Safety Systems.

Ford has reportedly said that it's aware of Takata's plan and has been in regular contact with the NHTSA on the issue. Remnants of Takata's operations will continue to make inflators to be used as replacement parts for 19 affected automakers.

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