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New defect found in Takata airbags resulting in 2.7 million additional vehicles being recalled

AirbagsThe Takata Corp. is recalling an additional 2.7 million airbags. The new recall applies to Ford, Mazda, and Nissan vehicles produced from 2005 to 2012.

New tests showed that a chemical drying agent in the airbag inflators might cause a rupture in the driver side airbags, Takata said.

Takata will be working with vehicle manufacturers to determine which vehicles had the affected inflators installed either as original equipment or replacement equipment during service. As this work continues, vehicle recalls will be announced by the vehicle manufacturers.

Takata filed for bankruptcy last month.

Takata inflators can explode and throw shrapnel at drivers and passengers. At least 17 people have died and more than 180 have been injured due to the exploding airbags. The Takata airbag recalls have been the largest automotive recalls in U.S. history with 42 million vehicles and up to 69 million inflators being recalled for repairs.

Copyright 2017, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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