The recall of Takata Airbags has been expanded to nearly 70 million U.S. vehicles and 100 million vehicles worldwide. In the United States only about eight million airbags have been replaced so far. Officials are prioritizing states with hot and humid climates that make the devices more prone to rupture.
The latest recalls are for airbags that do not have a drying agent to prevent moisture buildup, which can contribute to airbag explosions and shrapnel spray onto vehicle occupants. The ammonium nitrate used as a propellant in the airbags can destabilize with prolonged exposure to heat and moisture, making older cars the most at-risk vehicles.
Two U.S. senators are calling for Honda to issue “do not drive” orders for Honda and Acura model years 2001-2003, which have a 50 percent chance of Takata airbag rupture in a crash. Although Takata has expressed regret over the faulty airbags, the recalls are rolling out slowly and putting many lives at risk. Eleven people have already died because of the faulty airbags and more than 100 injuries have been reported worldwide.
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