3.3 million faulty inflators added to Takata airbag recall

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The faulty air bags have resulted in at least 20 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide.

They include Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Daimler vans, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla. Automakers will provide specific models in paperwork that will be filed later this month with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Visit the NHTSA website to sign up for updates and check the list of makes, models and model years of affected vehicles. Additional recalls are scheduled by December 2019, which will bring the total recalled airbags to approximately 65-70 million. The fix: Once it has been determined that a vehicle meets the requirement for these recalls, replacement airbags will be installed, NHTSA says. The tally now stands at approximately 34 million vehicles, making it the largest wave of recalls in USA history. Older models and those in states with high humidity and temperatures are getting priority.

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.

Experts cite that cheating scandals of this nature are not new to the automotive & transportation industry, be it Volkswagen's "defeat devices" or Takata's defective airbag inflators.

Takata airbags can explode and hurl shrapnel.

So far, the recalls have effected 19 automakers who have had to recall about 69 million air bag inflators in 42 million vehicles, CBS reported.

NHTSA has said the Takata recalls are unprecedented in size and complexity and have resulted in groundbreaking lessons that will help automakers reach their fix goals.

As per NHTSA, the organization is attentively monitoring the company's progress and is also working on expanding good practices to boost the completion rates.

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