Takata Recalling Additional 3.3 Million Air Bags That Could Explode During Deployment
To date, approximately 46 million defective Takata air bags have been recalled, affecting 34 million vehicles
The largest automotive recall in U.S. history just got even larger. Takata Corporation is recalling another 3.3 million defective air bags with inflators that could explode during air bag deployment, resulting in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants. This could lead to serious injury or death.
Takata says that some PSPI, PSPI-1.1, PSPI-2, PSPI 6, PSPI-L, and SPI air bag inflators assembled as part of the frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment (such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bags), may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to lower absolute humidity, temperature, and temperature cycling.
This recall affects certain model year 2009, 2010, and 2013 vehicles in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What happens next?
Takata will work with vehicle manufacturers to determine into which vehicles the affected inflators were installed either as original or replacement equipment during service.
As this work progresses, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that numerous vehicle recalls will likely be announced by the impacted auto manufacturers in the coming weeks and months to have the faulty air bags replaced.
Vehicle owners with further questions or concerns about this recall can contact NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
Takata Recall by the Numbers
Approximately 34 million vehicles from more than 30 auto brands are currently under recall for approximately 46 million defective Takata air bags that can explode when the air bag deploys. NHTSA says that additional Takata air bags are scheduled to be recalled by December 2019, bringing the total number of affected air bags to around 65-70 million.
Takata supplied these faulty air bags to many vehicle manufacturers for years, creating one of the largest and most complex recalls in U.S. history.
NHTSA and vehicle manufacturers urge owners of the impacted vehicles to have the FREE repair completed as soon as possible.