2.7 million vehicles added to Takata recall

This graphic from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows an airbag expanding shooting shrapnel toward the driver

This graphic from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows an airbag expanding shooting shrapnel toward the driver

The vehicles affected were built by Ford, Nissan and Mazda in their 2005 through 2012 model years, the AP said.

The Takata airbag recall is the largest in US history, affecting more than 42 million vehicles, not counting another 2.7 million that were identified this week.

Of course, if your vehicle is included in a recall you should also get an official notification from the manufacturer.

Chinese regulators have been pressuring Takata and various automakers to speed up recalls, echoing the concerns of NHTSA and safety advocates in the U.S. According to federal data, barely one-third of the vehicles covered by previous Takata recall campaigns have been repaired so far. Takata for years has made some of its inflators with a chemical desiccant to the keep the ammonium nitrate propellant dry. Mazda said its recall covers about 6,000 B-Series trucks from 2007 through 2009.

Initially, it was believed that a manufacturing problem at two North American factories caused Takata inflators to be vulnerable to use in warm, high humidity climates. Ford, which has the most vehicles involved in the latest recall, is reviewing the information and will file a list of models within the five days required by law.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Takata is "taking this action out of an abundance of caution" though it has received no reports of any field ruptures and has not experienced any as a result of the field evaluation program. The company has agreed to recall all original equipment inflators without a drying agent in phases by the end of 2018. Since then, the inflators in question have been tested and Takata determined that while none of them did explode, they do pose a risk of exploding, which could be fatal.

Crushed by mounting recall and legal costs, Takata filed for bankruptcy last month in the USA and Japan, saying it was the only way to ensure it could keep supplying replacements for faulty inflators.

Ford has reportedly said that it's aware of Takata's plan and has been in regular contact with the NHTSA on the issue.

Key Safety Systems, a Chinese-owned company based in MI, is paying $1.6 billion for almost all of Takata's operations.

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