MITSUBISHI RECALLING CARS AGAIN
DETORIT — Mitsubishi is recalling 66 000 cars for a second time to replace faulty Takata front passenger airbag inflators.
The recall covers Lancer and Lancer Evolution models from 2004 through 2006.
The cars were recalled in 2015 and inflators were replaced with identical Takata parts. Nissan will pay close to $100 million (R1,3 billion) in the proposed Takata settlement.
Takata inflators use ammonium nitrate to cause a small explosion and inflate the bags in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to airborne moisture and high temperatures. It can burn too fast and explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel. Up to 19 people have died worldwide and more than 180 have been injured because of this.
Mitsubishi said in government documents posted last Thursday that it now has a permanent replacement part that doesn’t use ammonium nitrate. — Wheels24.