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Takata recalls 10mil air bag inflators as part of 2015 U.S. settlement

Author : Saipriya Iyer | Published Date : 2020-01-09 

Japanese automotive parts manufacturing firm Takata Corporation has reportedly recalled close to 10 million front air bag inflators that were sold to 14 different automotive makers. These products pose a risk of exploding with extreme force and throw shrapnel.

For the record, the 10 million inflators were a part of the 70 million airbags to be recalled under the agreement signed with the National Highway Safety Administration in the U.S.

Automobiles manufactured by leading industry players such as BMW, Honda, Audi, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Nissan, Mitsubishi, General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Subaru are widely affected. The automakers will assess as to what models are affected and will announce their own recalls.

Reportedly, Takata used ammonium nitrate to produce a small explosion to inflate the airbags. The quality of the chemical declines over time when exposed to extreme heat and humidity and burns too fast, blowing a metal canister.

Close to 25 people have been killed and hundreds injured across the globe due to Takata inflators. Nearly 100 million inflators are being recalled worldwide.

The vehicle owners can check to see if their cars have been recalled by entering their 17-digits vehicle identification number on the NHTSA website. All the Takata recalls have been segmented by the age of the automobile and the location. Vehicles that are registered farther south, where the weather conditions are humid and hot are receiving priority.

The recall is the last the bankrupt company agreed to in a settlement case with the U.S. safety regulator back in the year 2015. The latest recalls may bring a halt to a story that began in 2001 with the first recall case and grew to one of the largest recalls in the U.S. automobile history.

The remains of the corporation were purchased by Key Safety Systems – a China headquartered company that is a global leader in the development and production of automotive safety parts and systems, for a total valuation of US$1.6 billion. The successor firm was named Joyson Safety Systems.


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