A new recall campaign prompted by the US regulators is targeting another 5 million vehicles with potentially faulty Takata inflators.
One of the biggest auto safety recalls in the United States history is to become even larger than it already is, as a new campaign over Takata airbags is involving another 5 million cars. If until recently the number of potentially affected vehicles was around 19 million, the figure now rises to 24 million in the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced. The new action brings to 28 million the number of Takata airbag inflators recalled worldwide. This move was prompted in part by a tragic incident, in which a driver of a Ford Ranger pickup lost his life in an accident, as well as new tests run by the regulators on some defective airbags. The new campaign affects some new automakers for the first time, like Volkswagen AG, Audi, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit and Saab. Others taking part in the recently announced recall include Ford, Honda Motor, Mazda Motor and BMW AG. “This is a massive safety crisis,” US NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said.
The death of the Ranger driver was the tenth worldwide linked to Takata’s airbag, ninth in the United States and first to occur in a vehicle that was not made by Honda. From the new 5 million cars covered by the new recall campaign, around 1 million of them have similar driver-side inflators to those fitted on the Ford’s pickup. The other 4 million vehicles will be inspected because of additional testing on Takata driver-side airbags, including vehicles from Honda and VW, NHTSA said.