Airbag Maker Expands Largest Automotive Recall In U.S. History

Takata is recalling an additional 3.3-million bad air bags as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Notices of the expanded recalls were posted on the agency's website.

The latest recalls cover frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Tesla. 

Takata uses ammonium nitrate to cause a small explosion that fills air bags quickly in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister. The result is hot shrapnel shooting into unsuspecting drivers and passengers.

At least 20 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 injured. The recalls are being phased in over the next three years, with older models and those in states with high humidity getting priority.

Source: CNBC

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