Potentially defective Takata airbags were found in automakers previously not involved in the recall.
On Friday the numbers of the biggest recall in the US auto industry grew by 5 million. US regulators have announced a new recall of about 5 million vehicles. The vehicles all contain the potentially defective Takata Corp air bags.
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The new recall covers some automakers not previously affected by the Takata recall. The Takata airbag recall is the biggest auto safety recall in US history. The total number of vehicles involved in the Takata airbag recall has now risen to 24 million.
A total of 28 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled. The news was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The move by NHTSA was prompted by the death of a Georgia man.
The man was driving a Ford Motor Co Ranger pickup truck last month. New tests conducted on the Takata airbags also resulted in the decision. The accident was also the first time a person had died due to Takata airbags in a Ford vehicle.
According to Reuters, new automakers affected include Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Saab. Already affected automakers included again are Ford, Honda Motor Co Mazda Motor Corp and BMW AG.
Gordon Trowbridge a spokesperson for NHTSA called the incident a massive safety crisis. Trowbridge also stated the situation requires immediate action.
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The vehicles involved in the new recall contain for inflators in driver-side air bags. 1 million of the vehicles have with inflators similar to those installed on the Ford Ranger. Similarly the Takata driver-side air bags will also be recalled due to faults found in new tests.