34 million recall of Takata’s faulty airbags

34 million recall of Takata’s faulty airbags

The largest recall in US automotive history was made by Japanese airbag maker Takata, which said that mechanisms in the airbags of almost 34 million cars are defective.

The largest recall in US automotive history was made by Japanese airbag maker Takata, which said that mechanisms in the airbags of almost 34 million cars are defective.

Previously, the number of faulty air bags from the manufacturer was estimated to about 18 million vehicles. Although that number is doubled up to 34 million cars at the moment, affecting models from 11 car-makers.

Six deaths and more than 100 injuries had already been linked to faulty airbags, but the cause of the defects hasn’t been found yet, according to US regulators.

Anthony Foxx, a US Transportation Secretary, said that a major step forward for public safety was made. The necessary proactive steps are being taken by the Department of Transportation for ensuring that defective inflators were replaced with safe ones as quickly as possible, and that attention was paid to the highest risks at first.

Airbag maker Takata recalling 34 million vehicles due to faulty airbags

Airbag maker Takata recalling 34 million vehicles due to faulty airbags

The tests results, analysed by the Transport Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, had shown that moisture was the factor of infiltrating the defective inflators during extended periods of time. So the moisture might be the cause of chemicals that ignite setting off and burning too quickly, leaving the structure broken and sending metal shards into the passenger cabin, what can lead to serious injury or death.

Firstly, recalling of passenger and driver airbags started in high-populous areas of the US, but now it is to be spread for the whole territory of the country.

Honda and Daihatsu stated last week that they would recall some five million cars globally to replace the potentially deadly Takata’s airbag inflators. Besides, 6.5 million vehicles were said to be recalled over the same issue by Toyota and Nissan.

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