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34 Million Vehicles Included in Airbag Recall

Today the largest auto recall in U.S. history was issued.The recall by air bag manufacturer Takata effects 34 million autos. That is nearly 1 out of every 7 cars on the road. The Takata airbags have a defective airbag inflator. Propellant controls how airbag inflator works airbag deploys. The propellant in the Takata recalled airbags degrades over time so that the airbag does not deploy properly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NTSHA, studied the Takata airbags and found that the degraded propellant ignites too quickly, producing excess pressure that causes the airbag inflator to rupture sending metal shards into the passenger cabin that can lead to serious injury or death.

This nationwide recall applies to the front driver and passenger airbags on vehicles manufactured by Honda, Mazda, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota. The exact models should be released shortly, but were not identified in the material the Department of Transportation released today.

Initially 18 million Takata airbags were recalled in humid areas. Today’s action expands the recall across the country recognizing that this problem is not limited to humid climates. Today’s recall is one of the largest recalls in U.S. history.

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