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Takata expands airbag recall by 3.3 million

Takata expands airbag recall by 3.3 million

The Japanese company Takata is expanding its air bag recall to include another 3.3 million faulty inflators.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18E-002 (2010 Models Only) Vehicles recalled: 1.5 million 2010 models from these automakers: Audi, BMW, Daimler vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.

Automakers will provide specific models in paperwork that will be filed later this month with the NHTSA.

The NHTSA is ordering Takata to recall model year 2013 vehicles ever registered in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Takata and the vehicle manufacturers will determine which vehicles received the defective inflators either as original or replacement equipment.

Takata plead guilty to fraud in February 2017 for covering up the engineering defects in its airbag inflators. At least 20 people have been killed and more than 180 injured across the world because of the malfunction, which causes spontaneous and violent combustion, according to CBS.

Per the recall, Takata's chemical mixture used to rapidly inflate the airbags in the event of a crash is unstable when exposed to certain humid conditions.

Many automakers have been slow to replace the potentially deadly inflators. The agency said it is monitoring the automakers' progress and working to expand best practices to boost completion rates.

This is part of Takata's historically huge recall of airbag devices that have been going on considering since 2001. The agency also has the authority to fine automakers that don't make recall repairs in a timely manner.

Takata posted a full list of the vehicles affected in the recalls.

NHTSA and vehicle manufacturers are urging the public to get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible, saying the recall fix will be free.

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