2.7 million vehicles added to Takata recall

2.7 million vehicles added to Takata recall

Some 68 million Takata inflators are already set to be recalled through 2019 because they may explode in a crash and spray vehicle occupants with metal shards. At least 17 people have died and more than 180 injured due to the problem.

The latest expansion of the Takata recall has many safety advocates anxious that the number of vehicles using faulty airbags could expand even further.

Kuffo's auto had been included in one of the many Takata recalls, but a Honda spokesperson told the Times the recall was never completed on his vehicle. Mazda is not aware of any incidents associated with these inflators in these vehicles, according to the statement.

One way consumers can check is through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In March 2016, Takata and Nissan began recovering and evaluating vehicles with the inflators. Inflators installed in Mazdas haven't been tested, the government said.

The latest recalls announced Tuesday involve Ford, Nissan and Mazda models from 2005 to 20012 - ones the Japanese manufacturer originally thought were safe. In addition, Mazda will fix 6,000 examples of the B-Series pickup in the U.S, including 19,000 overall. Takata reportedly said that it isn't aware of any ruptures involving the inflators at issue but is taking action out of "an abundance of caution", the NHTSA states. Although none of the inflators blew apart, some showed a pattern of deterioration in the ammonium nitrate propellant over time "that is understood to predict a future risk of inflator rupture". Takata used different drying agents in other inflators, the agency said.

Earlier this year, Takata admitted to manipulating and withholding key information about the faulty inflators for years, even after they started exploding in people's cars. "This recall now raises serious questions about the threat posed by all of Takata's ammonium nitrate-based air bags", Nelson said in a statement. Most of the company's assets will be bought by rival Key Safety Systems for about $1.6 billion (175 billion yen).