A new type of Takata airbag is being added to the already massive recall underway involving 42 million vehicles in the United States.
Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the Takata recall will expand to include another 2.7 million driver-side inflators in certain Ford, Nissan and Mazda models. The airbags under scrutiny are ones that, unlike those previously recalled, have a drying agent designed to make them safer. There are no reports of any ruptures involving this particular type but the government says new tests show they, too, pose a safety risk.
The expanded recall involves airbags in certain Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles from then 2007-2015 model years:
- Ford: 2.2 million vehicles, a list of new models is not yet available
- Nissan: 2007-2012 Versa (515,000 in the U.S.) It will notify owners within 60 days.
- Mazda: 2007-2009 B-Series Trucks
According to the NHTSA recall website,16,929,713 driver- and passenger-side airbags haven been repaired as of June 23, 2017, around a 40% completion rate.
Takata filed for bankruptcy in June and will sell its surviving operations to a rival.
To date, there are 17 deaths worldwide linked to exploding Takata airbags, 12 of those in the United States.