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More Takata Recalls

July 11, 2017 0 Comments

New testing has prompted the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to declare another 2.7 million Takata airbag inflators defective in Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., and Mazda Motor Corp. vehicles.

The Takata airbag inflators have already been linked to over 180 injuries and 17 deaths. The recalls will eventually cover over 100 million inflators. NHTSA specified that the new testing prompted the recall of some driver-side airbags from 2012 to 2015.

In light of the news, Nissan said it will recall 627,000 Versa cars (2007-2012 model years), which includes 515,000 in the U.S. recalled “out of an abundance of caution.” Nissan will notify owners within 60 days with additional instructions.

John Cangany, spokesman for Ford, said that the recall covers around 2.2 million Ford vehicles. Ford is “aware of Takata’s submission, and we have been in regular contact with the agency on the issue. Importantly, we aren’t aware of any incidents, and test data doesn’t suggest any issues,” said Cangany.

The recall only affects 6,000 Mazda B-series trucks.

Of the 46.2 million previously recalled airbag inflators, only 35 percent have been repaired. Last month, Takata filed for bankruptcy protection.

“Takata has told the public that their line of air bag inflators with moisture absorbent was safe. This recall now raises serious questions about the threat posed by all of Takata’s ammonium nitrate-based airbags,” said U.S. Senator Bill Nelson in a statement. “If even more are found to be defective, it will take us from the biggest recall ever to something that could become mind-boggling.”

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