Toyota Adds Another 600000 Vehicles to Takata Airbag Recall

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

Japanese firm Takata added another 3.3 million faulty airbag inflators to its recall list as it expands the largest automotive recall in USA history.

The following Honda models are included: 2009-2012 Acura RL; 2009-2013 Acura TSX; 2011-2013 Acura TSX Wagon; 2010-2013 Acura ZDX; 2009-2012 Honda Accord; 2010-2013 Honda Crosstour; 2009-2011 Honda Civic; 2009-2011 Honda CR-V; 2009-2011 Honda Element; 2013 Honda FCX Clarity; 2009-2013 Honda Fit; 2013 Honda Fit EV; 2010-2013 Honda Insight; 2009-2013 Honda Pilot; and 2009-2013 Honda Ridgeline.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the additions, which affect airbags fitted to vehicles created in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Notices of the expanded recalls were posted Saturday on the agency's website.

Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to trigger a small explosion that fills the airbags in the event of a crash.

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At least 20 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 injured. According to ABC News and the Associated Press, Toyota and Honda add over one million vehicles to a recall that's gone on since 2008 - the biggest recall in automotive manufacturing history. However, the chemical has been known to deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and humidity.

The organization said all additional airbag inflators would be recalled by December 2019 and bring the total number of affected devices to 65-70 million.

Those cars are likely under existing Takata recalls in certain regions already, as regulators have directed the Japanese auto supplier to take a phased approach to its airbag recall by region. The agency said it is monitoring the automakers' progress and working to expand best practices to boost completion rates.

NHTSA has said the Takata recalls are unprecedented in size and complexity and have resulted in groundbreaking lessons that will help automakers reach their fix goals. The agency also has the authority to fine automakers that don't make recall repairs in a timely manner.

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