The Japanese auto supplier said another 5.1 million cars in the US have defective airbags, as Takata disclosed an 11th death could be linked to the deadly inflators.
The number of cars affected by the faulty Takata airbags is growing on a weekly basis, as the US auto safety regulators said on Tuesday that a newly released report by the Japanese auto supplier reveals an additional 5.1 million defective vehicles. Takata said in a document that there was another rupture of a similar inflator – with the one reported on Friday – in August, in India, involving a 2007 Honda Civic, but it is not clear if the rupture caused the death of the driver. That could be the 11th death worldwide attributed to defective Takata inflators. Last week, a new recall campaign was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting 5 million vehicles with potentially faulty airbags. That move was prompted in part by a tragic incident, in which a driver of a Ford Ranger pickup lost his life in an accident. Ford became on Tuesday the first automaker to announce a recall after the new notice from the US regulators. A 2006 Ford Ranger was involved in a crash in December that killed the driver when a Takata airbag inflator caused the bag to rupture, sending shrapnel into the vehicle.
Most of the vehicles covered in numerous previous recalls involving Takata airbags were older models, but the new recalls include at least one 2014 model. The Japanese company said newer vehicles remain under “investigation and could be subject to recall at a later date.” That could significantly increase the total number of vehicles recalled. If until recently the number of potentially affected vehicles was around 19 million, the figure now rises to 24 million in the US and 28 million worldwide.