Takata recalls 3.3 million air bags

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The latest round affects cars made by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Tesla, and it covers certain vehicles built between 2009 and 2010 and some from 2013. Sources reveal that, in outcome of this scandal, the automakers will be liable to provide paperwork of the specific models, which will be further filed with the NHTSA.

Notices of the expanded recalls were posted Saturday on the agency's website. Unfortunately, the chemical becomes unstable after years of exposure to humidity and temperature fluctuations. That can hurl hot shrapnel into unsuspecting drivers and passengers. The phased recalls began in May 2016 and stemmed from previous Takata airbag incidents, including 20 reported deaths and 180 injuries worldwide.

The NHTSA is ordering Takata to recall model year 2013 vehicles ever registered in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Since the recall began, Takata has filed for bankruptcy, been fined $1 billion, and three executives have been convicted for falsifying data. This could include replacing airbags that were previously replaced under earlier Takata recalls, NHTSA says. NHTSA is prioritizing the recalls, putting older models, those in "highest danger zones" in the first priority group. The inflators can explode in a crash and spray passengers with potentially lethal metal shards. A report by an independent monitor said that as of September 15, 2017, automakers have recalled 43.1 million inflators.

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.

The NHTSA maintains a list of vehicles affected and guidance on steps to take if a auto is affected.

Takata and the vehicle manufacturers will determine which vehicles received the defective inflators either as original or replacement equipment. You can also use their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) tool to see if your vehicle is part of the recall.

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