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Takata declares air bags defective in more than 33 million vehicles

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WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Air bag manufacturer Takata acknowledged a defect in the deployment of its side air bags leading to one of the largest vehicle recalls in U.S. history, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday.

After months of requests by the federal agency for the recall to be expanded nationwide, Takata has agreed there is fault in certain types of driver and passenger side air bag inflators. The inflators degrade over time with exposure to moisture, causing a chemical propellant to ignite too quickly. The extra pressure causes the inflator to rupture, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger cabin.

This defect has been blamed for six deaths worldwide.

Takata Corp. initially recalled only vehicles in high-humidity areas due to excess moisture, but in November, the NHTSA called for the recall to be expanded to all vehicles nationwide.


today's local news say that this process could take many years and may never be completed due to the complexity of the recall. btw, we own a ford focus. 99% reliable. never owned a foreign car before


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