Senators call for list of all vehicles with Takata airbag defects

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The additional cost is estimated at around 200 billion yen (Rs 12,358 crore approx), the business newspaper said, adding that the latest move by the biggest buyer of Takata air bags may prompt other automakers to follow suit. Most of the deaths have been in the US.

But they can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

Takata's faulty and volatile airbags keep on making casualties, as Honda confirmed two more fatal crashes involving driver-side inflators made by the Japanese auto supplier, climbing the number of such deadly incidents linked to the issue to 13 worldwide.

While NHTSA's announcement yesterday recalling 35-40 million more Takata airbags is a welcome development, we believe such repeated stopgap partial measures put safety in the back seat, confuse the public, and prevent all vehicle owners from having complete and accurate information they deserve about the safety of their vehicles.

The recent growth will contribute to over 50 million airbags recalled to this day. Now after years of investigation, Federal Safety Officials have found the reason for Takata airbag failures. He expects the company to file for bankruptcy and emerge as a smaller corporation specializing in seat belts, electronics and air bag assemblies without inflators.

Until recently, "we've been replacing these air bags with just knowing there was a problem, but without a definitive answer to what's wrong", he said.

NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind said owners should contact their dealers about the progress of the recall and request a loaner auto if they are concerned about their vehicle's safety. At that rate, it would take less than two years to produce enough replacements for the up to 68.8 million inflators covered under existing recalls and the new rounds.

If you have a vehicle from this list below, you might need to have your airbag replaced. Vehicles produced for model years 2000 through 2015 by 16 different automotive brands are among those affected by the initial recalls and the potential expansion.

The expanded recalls will take place in stages between now and the end of 2019 and will be based on prioritization of risk, which is determined by age and exposure to humidity and temperatures, Rosekind said.

Yet those setbacks seemed to have had little impact on sales, which analysts said is likely a byproduct of vehicle recalls being so common today. The company already agreed to pay at least $70 million in penalties and up to $200 million for failing to promptly fix the vehicles or report the defect.

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