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Takata airbag disaster: Another 17 million recalls in the US alone

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D he Detroit News reports that the National Highway Safety Administration ( NHSA) forced the Japanese manufacturer to take this step.

As early as 2014, ten automakers whose vehicles are equipped with Takata airbags had to recall more than 21 million cars worldwide; recently there were 6.5 million recalls from Toyota and Nissan, and 4.8 million from Honda added. More than 36 million cars around the world have been known to be equipped with Takata airbags, which have killed six and injured more than 100. So far it is unclear whether the renewed escalation means that the number of worldwide recalls is threatened to double.

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The defects in the sensors of the air cushions, which are actually supposed to improve passive safety, meanwhile have several effects: In the case of the last recalls, it was said that the airbag could 'no longer function properly' in the event of an accident trigger because moisture could penetrate the gas generator. However, there is also the risk that the airbags will burst without triggering an accident. And when the Takata airbags explode, parts of the metal cladding can be thrown through the vehicle compartment like projectiles, leading to serious or even fatal injuries.

BMWs also affected by the airbag disaster

The ten car manufacturers affected - BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota - have now started an overarching joint test program to tackle the problem. Takata has increased the production figures for replacement kits from 350,000 to 450,000 pieces per month and plans to reach 900,000 pieces per month in September.


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