Takata Corporation, one of the largest automotive system suppliers in the world, has doubled a former recall to include 34 million vehicles with defective air bags. The recall is now the largest auto recall in the history of the U.S. Passenger and driver-side air bags are included in the recall that is responsible for six reported deaths and over 100 injuries. Vehicles made by 11 automakers contain the defective air bags that can explode forcefully shooting shrapnel into passengers.
Takata had previously refused to expand the recall and claimed the air bags were not defective and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration fined Takata in February 2015 for not fully cooperating with the investigation. Takata’s air bags contain ammonium nitrate, which is a chemical that can also be used to make bombs. Takata switched to the alternative formula in 2001 for its cheaper compound; however, according to experts ammonium nitrate can break down over time and can cause violent combustions. The air bag inflators may not be sealed correctly causing moisture around the propellant casing. The inflator can then explode with too much force and shoot shrapnel at the driver and passengers.
The addition to the recall now brings the total recalled vehicles to 53 million.
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It is reported that since it could take a while for the company to manufacture the needed replacement inflators for all the recalled vehicles, older cars and cars in high-humidity areas will take priority since they are the ones most at risk.
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