An additional 10 million Takata air bag inflators being recalled

85M Takata airbags have gone unrecalled
Posted at 3:03 AM, Jan 09, 2020

An additional 10 million Takata air bag inflators that were used by more than a dozen car companies in the U.S. are being recalled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Takata, which filed for bankruptcy in 2017, is already at the center of one of the largest auto industry recalls in history, impacting tens of millions of vehicles.

"This recall is for Takata air bags that were previously used to replace older Takata air bags ('like-for-like' remedy inflators), and was scheduled to occur under the Takata Coordinated Remedy Order," the NHTSA told ABC News Wednesday. "Consumers should check their vehicle identification number (VIN) for any open recalls and take their vehicle in for the free repair as soon as possible."

The latest batch of airbag inflators recalled, made with ammonium nitrate, can cause a "rupture" according to documents shared on the NHTSA's website Wednesday. This explosion "may cause metal fragments to pass through the air bag and into the vehicle interior at high speed, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants."

The inflators were an interim replacement for the ones that were part of the initial recall. The permanent replacements will not use ammonium nitrate, The Associated Press reported.

The airbag inflators are used in 14 car companies currently on the U.S. market, according to the documents, including Ford, GM, Toyota, Subaru, BMW, Audi and more.

Takata said the 10 million number is an estimate and "represents the quality produced for the U.S, market," the company said in the NHTSA document. The company said many of the inflators were never installed on vehicles.

In total, roughly 41.6 million vehicles with defective Takata air bags are under recall, according to the NHTSA.

Faulty Takata inflators have killed at least 25 people and injured hundreds more, according to the AP. Globally, about 100 million Takata inflators are being recalled.

Manufacturers will identify which models are impacted and are supposed to notify consumers if their vehicle is under recall. People can also check if their car is impacted by any of the recalls using their vehicle identification number on the NHTSA's website.