Takata extend faulty airbag recall to 34 million
Well, that escalated.
We've been following this Takata story and their exploding airbags for a little while now and last week we reported some more major manufacturers had released statements confirming recalls. We had Toyota and Nissan closely followed by Honda and Daihatsu.
Takata now say that they're going to be recalling 34 million cars due to them being fitted with this defective airbag which has been linked to the death of 6 people and more than 100 injuries.
The Transport Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that following tests they believe it "points to moisture infiltrating the defective inflators over extended periods of time as a factor".
That moisture may make the chemicals that ignite to set off an airbag burn too quickly, causing the structure to break and "sends metal shards into the passenger cabin that can lead to serious injury or death".
This recall is the largest product recall in US automotive history and it affects models from 11 different carmakers. You can check your carmaker website for recall information or use your VIN if the system allows on the links below. If you've concerns your vehicle could be affected it would be sensible to call the dealership or get in touch with the carmaker.