Recall Of Takata Airbags Expands By 5 Million After 10th Death Is Reported
The recall of Takata airbags, one of the most widely used, has expanded after reports of a 10th victim being killed as a result of the exploding airbags.
A design flaw in the airbag inflators has been causing “catastrophic explosions” when the airbag deploys.
This latest case involved a Georgia man in a 2006 Ford Ranger who was killed when his airbag exploded violently. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who reported the death, declined to identify the victim.
In response, over 5 million more Takata airbags have been recalled, in addition to the 19 million vehicles already affected. Takata was already fined $70 million for not properly disclosing the defect. Some have said that fine is likely to increase.
In addition to Honda and Ford vehicles, the new recall also affects:
Experts estimate that millions more vehicles could be affected, and that it’s hard to determine how many of them still employ the defective design.
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