TAKATA ADDS NEW TYPE OF IN­FLA­TOR TO AIR BAG RE­CALL

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

DETROIT» Takata is adding a new type of air bag in­fla­tor to the na­tion’s largest au­to­mo­tive re­call.

The com­pany filed doc­u­ments with the U.S. govern­ment adding 2.7 mil­lion ve­hi­cles to the re­call from Ford, Nis­san and Mazda, all with a type of in­fla­tor that pre­vi­ously was thought to be safe.

The af­fected ve­hi­cles are from the 2005 through 2012 model years.

Takata inflators can ex­plode with too much force and spew shrap­nel into driv­ers and pas­sen­gers. At least 17 peo­ple have died and more than 180 in­jured due to the prob­lem. The inflators have caused the largest au­to­mo­tive re­call in U.S. his­tory with 42 mil­lion ve­hi­cles and up to 69 mil­lion inflators be­ing called back for re­pairs.

Nis­san said the new re­call af­fects just over 515,000 Versa sub­com­pact hatch­back and sedans from the 2007 through 2012 model years. Mazda said its re­call cov­ers about 6,000 B-Se­ries trucks from 2007 through 2009. Ford, which has the most ve­hi­cles in­volved in the lat­est re­call, is re­view­ing the in­for­ma­tion and will file a list of mod­els within the five days re­quired by law.

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