Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. on Monday filed reports with US auto safety regulators declaring nearly 14 million air bag inflators defective, Reuters reported.
Earlier this month, Takata said it will expand recalls for defective air bag inflators by 35 million to 40 million in several tranches through 2019, adding to the 28.8 million recalled before May 4.
Monday’s move represents the first tranche of that expansion, which marks the largest recall in US auto safety history, the report noted.
Malfunctioning Takata air bag inflators can explode with too much force, sending shrapnel into vehicles. The issue has been linked to 13 deaths worldwide, and more than 100 injuries.
Takata said there are no reports of any ruptures or injuries linked to the inflators involved in the most recent expansion, but agreed “out of an abundance of caution” to file the defect reports to promote public safety.
The company said it is aware “that remedy parts are not currently available for many of the vehicles containing inflators.”
It agreed to work closely with each manufacturer to develop a recall plan to focus on high-humidity areas where the risks are greatest.
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