Takata, a Japanese airbag maker, is recalling another 3.3 million defective airbags, making this the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
The recall affects over 34 million vehicles, and over 46 million Takata airbags have been labeled as defective.
The faulty Takata airbag inflators can explode during a crash and release hot shrapnel on the driver and passengers. Takata uses an ammonium nitrate chemical that fills the airbags quickly during a crash. Unfortunately, the chemical can deteriorate when it is exposed to high temperatures or high humidity causing it to burn too fast. This prompts the chemical to explode, hurling hot shrapnel throughout the cab of the vehicle.
At least 20 people have been killed across the globe, and with more than 180 injuries reported.
The deadly recall led Takata to file bankruptcy last June. Takata has been able to identify 19 automobile makers who purchased Takata airbags. These include Toyota, Honda, General Motors, BMW, and Telsa.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "additional airbags are scheduled to be recalled by December 2019, bringing the total number of affected airbags to around 65-70 million."
Check out the video below showing what Honda is doing for their customers:
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