Largest Automotive Air Bag Recall In U.S. History

MEDLEY, FL - MAY 22:  A deployed airbag is seen in a Chrysler vehicle at the LKQ Pick Your Part salvage yard on May 22, 2015 in Medley, Florida. The largest automotive recall in history centers around the defective Takata Corp. air bags that are found in millions of vehicles that are manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The largest automotive recall In U.S. History is growing.

Takata is recalling an additional 3.3-million bad air bags as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. The latest recalls cover frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and TeslaNotices of the expanded recalls were posted on the agency's website.

Takata uses ammonium nitrate to cause a small explosion that fills air bags quickly in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister. The result is hot shrapnel shooting into unsuspecting drivers and passengers.

At least 20 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 injured. The recalls are being phased in over the next three years, with older models and those in states with high humidity getting priority.

Source: CNBC

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