Almost 222,000 Cars Fitted With Takata Airbags Recalled — When Will This Explosive Mess End?

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The South Korean Transport Ministry has ordered 17 automakers to recall 221,870 vehicles imported into the country to replace the explosion prone Takata airbags.

The automakers affected include most of the top selling carmakers like Toyota, Honda, Ford, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

The South Korean recall is the latest in the saga that has become the largest recall in the history of the automobile industry. The transport ministry has warned automakers not to delay the recalls unless they want to face fines or up to years behind bars.

In a statement, the South Korean Ministry said, "A total of 221,870 vehicles made by Honda Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co., Volkswagen AG, Mercedes-Benz, GM and 10 other foreign car makers that had the faulty air bags are subject to recall. In the event of a crash, the air bags installed in these vehicles could send metal fragments flying and injure passengers."

Takata's rupture prone airbags have already claimed the lives of 14 people and have injured over 100 more.

The Japanese auto parts maker has already sold its auto interior business and there are five bidders who have already expressed an interest in purchasing Takata itself including Swedish rival Autoliv.

Via Wall Street Journal

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 15:19 [IST]
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