Toyota recalls 1.7m more autos over Takata airbag defects

Marco Green
January 10, 2019

It's one of the largest automotive recalls in USA history, according to the Associated Press.

According to USA Today, the airbag inflators could explode on deployment and send shrapnel at passengers.

In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020.

The recall affects 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.

Tesla has initiated its recall for the 2014-16 model-year Model S as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. Twenty-three people have died worldwide due to airbag inflator problems. Takata used ammonium nitrate to generate an explosion to inflate the air bags, but excessive humidity and temperature changes can cause the chemical to deteriorate. That's why inflators in the South along the Gulf of Mexico pose the greatest risks, according to the AP.

Depending on the model, dealers will either replace the front passenger airbag inflator or airbag assembly for free. Automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million more starting this month.

Last week, USA automaker Ford recalled 953,000 vehicles to address Takata airbag problems.

It is more than three years after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took over management of recalls involving Takata inflators.

Safety advocates say the completion rate should be far higher given the danger associated with the inflators.

The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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