At least 16 million cars have been recalled worldwide – with more than 10 million units in the US alone – because of potentially defective Takata airbags. And the latest safety scandal seems to be far from over.
While ten automakers have been recalling cars around the globe since 2008 and since 2013 at least 10 million autos have entered into safety campaigns in the United States, automakers keep issuing new recalls as they find more models are potentially dangerous.
The Japanese auto safety parts producer Takata has built airbag inflators that can explode with too much force and send metal debris and shrapnel inside the cabin at high velocity.
Now, the latest recalls – Honda two weeks ago, Toyota globally and separately its subsidiary Daihatsu today in Japan – only encompass a few thousand cars (57,000 by Toyota and 27,571 Daihatsu), the numbers are going to grow fast. That’s because yesterday US safety regulators ordered Takata to expand the regional recall of driver-side airbags to a nationwide level in the US. So far, the parts maker, the implicated automakers and the NHTSA believed the issue was contained to humid regions where the airbag inflators were believed to be prone to early fatigue and the explosive inside was more volatile.