Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp is back in the news again as it will recall around 35 million to 40 million defective airbag inflators in the US. The recall will be phased in over several years.
The latest recall will cover all frontal airbag inflators without a drying agent. Till date over 24 million cars with defective inflators have been recalled in the US due to a risk that it could inflate with too much force, injuring or even killing the occupant.
US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials have asked Takata to expand the recall based on the government's determination of the root cause. The latest recall will involve passenger side airbags and a few driver's side airbags, including some of the inflators that have already been replaced but don't have the drying agent.
Around 11 people have lost their live from around the world due to airbags inflating with a lot of pressure. In case of an accident, the airbags have the risk of spraying shrapnel due to the force, which could result in injury or even death.
Under an agreement signed last year, Takata has until 2019 to prove that all of its airbag inflators are safe to use.