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US NHTSA expands Takata airbag recall to 85M vehicles

US NHTSA expands Takata airbag recall to 85M vehicles image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress UK | posted April 20, 2016 10:50

New batch of vehicles need to be recalled over defective airbag inflators

Embattled airbag supplier Takata previously expanded its recall of faulty airbags to nearly 34 million cars in the US last May 2015. The airbag fiasco however is far from over after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that there are now about 85 million vehicles in the US that carry the defective airbag inflator.

NHTSA stated that all 85 million vehicles will have to be recalled unless the company can prove that they are safe or not part of the safety campaign. Moreover, NHTSA added that the potentially defective Takata airbag inflators include 43.4 million passenger side inflators, 26.9 million side airbag inflators and 14.5 million driver side airbags inflators.

Several companies have already dropped Takata as their airbag supplier. These include Honda, Ford, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota. The automakers have already recalled several models that carry the dreaded airbag inflator, with NHTSA stating that most of the vehicles affected by the safety campaign are mostly model years produced from 2000 to 2008.

Auto parts manufacturer like Autoliv, Daicel and ZF are now benefitting from Takata's airbag recall as they are now producing the replacement components needed by the companies for the affected cars.