DETROIT (June 1, 2016) — There have been 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries in the U.S. and others around the world tied to ruptured airbags, made by Takata Corp.
But the potential for more deaths and injuries is huge because over the years so many auto makers have installed the same type of inflators from Takata.
A couple of weeks ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered that up to 40 million more Takata airbag inflators be added to the recall list, figuring that as those airbags age they eventually could become as prone to malfunction as the Takata devices already recalled.
The Takata recalls keep getting bigger and bigger and keep pulling more and more auto makers and suppliers into the fray.
Even years after the first recalls of cars with Takata airbag inflators that could malfunction and spray metal fragments toward drivers and passengers, there are lots of questions and not enough answers.