It seems like Takata air bags have created issues for almost all the major brands, as after multiple recalls in past, 8 auto brands in US are gearing up to recall 12 million vehicles due to faulty inflators. Till date, the defective air bag inflators have resulted in 13 deaths and more than 100 injuries in the US. The recall will be for the models manufactured between 2002 and 2011, which include SUVs, sedans and pickups.
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The brands, which are in the league of recalling their vehicles due to faulty Takata air bags include Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Mazda, Ferrari, Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi. Recently, Jeep too recalled its Wrangler manufactured between 2007 and 2010. The particular recall was due to the defect in the clock spring assembly that results in the deployment of airbags. In the recent massive recall, Honda Motors has given an approximate figure of 4.5 million vehicles, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 4.3 million.
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Takata air bag recall issue has been identified as the lack of material, which absorbs the heat and moisture within the inflator. Due to this ammonium nitrate propellant degrades and the air bag deploys with an unexpected force, resulting in severe injuries. Currently only 8 automakers have indicated towards the recall, but it is expected that around 17 automaker would recall their vehicles due to faulty Takata air bags. Honda Motors, which is one of the largest customers of Takata had recalled 0.2 million vehicles in India but, now this is the biggest recall made by the company in the US. Whereas, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled its vehicles for the first time over this issue.
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In addition to this, Japanese officials have suggested manufacturers to recall 7 million more vehicles due to problematic air bags. Due to this, the overall recall will be up to 19 million. This additional recall will be done in phases and is expected to be executed by the end of March 2019. Takata even witnessed a dip in its share prices upto 8% after surging 21% till last Friday. It is expected that the Takata air bags issue will push the company to find an investor to restructure the company’s reputation in the market.