Reuters has learned U.S. regulators are examining whether to expand the Takata airbag recalls by up to 90 million more from the 29 million recalled so far. Fred Katayama reports.
Those airbag recalls could inflate a lot further. Reuters has learned U.S. regulators are examining whether to expand the number of Takata airbag inflator recalls by up to 90 million more from the 29 million recalled so far. Documents verified by two ex-Takata managers say as many as 120 million Takata inflators in the U.S. contain the same chemical used in the inflators that were previously recalled. The faulty inflators that can rupture and explode and spray metal shards have been linked to nine deaths. Takata declined to comment. Nearly half of the inflators made between 2000 and 2015 containing that chemical, ammonium nitrate, wound up in U.S. vehicles, a source told Reuters. The data Reuters reviewed showed the problems were more pervasive than previously reported, extending beyond its Mexican factory to plants in Georgia and Washington state. In November, the company agreed to pay a $70 million penalty in its settlement with U.S. regulators. New recalls could cost Takata billions of dollars.