Takata expands airbag recall by 3.3 million

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At least 20 people have been killed and more than 180 injured across the world because of the malfunction, which causes spontaneous and violent combustion, according to CBS.

The latest recalls affect front air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla.

Specific models will be released later this month.

Visit the NHTSA website to sign up for updates and check the list of makes, models and model years of affected vehicles.

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It's the largest series of recalls affecting 19 automakers and more than 42 million vehicles. Additional recalls are scheduled by December 2019, which will bring the total recalled airbags to approximately 65-70 million.

Since the recall began, Takata has filed for bankruptcy, been fined $1 billion, and three executives have been convicted for falsifying data. Older models and those in states with high humidity and temperatures are getting priority.

The problem: The airbag inflators may explode because the propellant used can degrade over time and exposure to humidity and fluctuating temperatures. Once production of the replacements for defective inflators are completed, Takata will shutter its airbag division.

Investigation reports reveal that Takata's defective airbag inflators are easily vulnerable to explode in a crash and shower the drivers and passengers with hot shrapnel. The agency said it is monitoring the automakers' progress and working to expand best practices to boost completion rates. NHTSA says this recall is for select 2013 vehicles that had ever been registered in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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