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Takata airbag recall could expand

Over the past 12 months, there have been many developments in the Takata airbag recall story. While most people were hoping this would calm down over time, the exact opposite is happening.

According to recent reports, auto safety regulators in the United States are examining whether another 90 million vehicles should be recalled as the result of a defective airbag inflator.

To this point, approximately 29 million inflators have been recalled. If you add another 90 million to the batch, the problem has more than tripled in size. Worse yet, some people believe that it is not going to stop there.

To date, there have been nine deaths linked to a faulty Takata airbag. The reason for these deaths is simple: The inflator can explode with excessive force, thus causing metal to harm the occupants of the vehicle.

At this time, Takata has declined to comment about the idea that more recalls could be made. With another group of recalls a possibility, the company could be faced with billion of dollars in costs and more time to remedy the situation.

The only good thing is that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is not looking the other way. The agency understands the issue and is doing whatever it takes to keep drivers safe.

Even though the recall has been brought to light, it's safe to say it will continue to drag on well into the future, in Ohio and across the country.

Anybody who drives could be injured by a defective auto part. Unfortunately, this is not something that you can protect against, as you don't typically know something is wrong with your vehicle until it's too late.

Source: Reuters, "Exclusive: Up to 90 million more Takata airbag inflators may face U.S. recalls," accessed Feb. 23, 2016

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