The already massive recall involving faulty Takata air bags will be getting even bigger soon, as U.S. regulators prepare to add more automakers to the list.
Right now, the recall involves 11 automakers, but according to NBC News, seven more carmakers, including Tesla, could be added to the list shortly. We’ll find out which automakers those are this Thursday, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration holds a public meeting to update the progress of the unprecedented recall.
Monday, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters that his agency will disclose new automakers impacted by the recall.
“It goes beyond the 11,” says Rosekind, who met with automakers and suppliers affected by the Takata recall over the summer.
NBC News reports the NHTSA sent letters to Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar-Land Rover, Suzuki, Tesla, Volvo Trucks, Volkswagen and Spartan Motors seeking information on which models have Takata inflators.
“It is expected that the scope of the current Takata recalls may expand as time goes on and will likely grow to include vehicles that are outside the scope of the current recalls,” the letters said.
The air bag inflators, which can explode with too much force and send metal shrapnel flying into passenger compartments, are now linked to at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Experts believe the ammonium nitrate used as a chemical accelerator in the inflators could become unstable after being exposed to high humidity over a period of time.
Meanwhile, over the weekend, GM recalled about 400 vehicles in the United States after being notified by Takata that tests at a production plant in Mexico showed failures of side air bags. The Takata tests were performed on Oct. 5, and it notified GM the following day.
The GM recall affects six models built earlier this year, including the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Camaro, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS and GMC Terrain. No injuries or deaths have been reported in this specific recall, a GM spokesman said.