U.S. safety regulators recently announced yet another round of recalls for vehicles outfitted with faulty Takata airbag inflators. This came on the heels of the 10th death related to the exploding bags. The recall, which consists of 5 million additional vehicles, brings the total number of cars affected to 24 million and the total number of faulty airbags to 28 million, according to a report from Reuters. Issues with the ammonium nitrate propellant used to inflate the airbags have caused vehicle steering wheels to explode, launching shrapnel at the driver, which has led to injuries and death.
The latest victim of Takata’s exploding airbags was a Georgia man who was driving a Ford Ranger pickup truck in December. This was the ninth death in the U.S. and the first one in the world to happen in a non-Honda vehicle. While the majority of the cars recalled thus far are from Honda, this latest recall includes, for the first time, Mercedes-Benz, Saab, Volkswagen and Audi. Repeat offenders include Ford, Honda, Mazda and BMW. The first reported repture of a Takata airbag happened more than a decade ago and more are expected, including an additional 4 million vehicles that require additional testing of side airbags, according to NHTSA. It’s estimated that tens of millions more cars will be recalled in the coming years.
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