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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.

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