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Car and Driver: Report: Takata Will Recall Another 35 Million Airbag Inflators

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If you thought your car was safe from shrapnel-shooting airbags, it may not be after Takata adds at least 35 million more inflators to its recall campaign of defective front and side airbags.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may announce the expansion as early as this week. The actual number could be far higher, although since many cars have more than one Takata inflator under recall, it may not necessarily equate to 35 million more cars. Currently, there are more than 24 million cars from 24 brands under recall primarily for driver and passenger frontal airbags, along with a small fraction for side airbags, that can rupture upon deployment and cause the inflator’s metal casing to cut into a person’s face. A total of 11 people have died, including 10 in the U.S., and all but one have been in Honda vehicles.

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A total of 28.8 million airbag inflators have been recalled in the U.S., and NHTSA estimates there are about 85 million using the problematic ammonium nitrate compound that have not been recalled. Earlier this week, Takata earmarked another $189 million to cover recall-related costs. The company had already booked $567 million in charges through its fiscal year ending March 31. Check back for more updates as we learn more.

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