The seemingly never-ending safety concerns of the automotive industry have been further complicated by the vastly expanded airbag recall involving parts made by Takata.
At risk, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are now close to 70 million vehicles from nearly every major and some niche manufacturers.
The expansion primarily affects passenger-side inflators not covered by previous recalls. It will also cover inflators in vehicles made by Jaguar-Land Rover, Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive for the first time. Fourteen other auto companies including American Honda, Ford, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, General Motors, Nissan and Fiat-Chrysler already are affected by the original recall.
Takata is responsible for replacing 29 million faulty inflators already involved with the largest recall campaign in U.S. history. The expanding recall, which includes 35 to 40 million vehicles, covers all Takata inflators using an ammonium nitrate propellant that lacks a chemical additive to prevent moisture absorption, known as a desiccant. Check with your local auto or RV dealer to see if your vehicle is affected.
SOURCE: The Weekly Driver