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Pace of Takata Airbag Recall Accelerates

By now, anyone with access to an Internet connection is probably aware of the ongoing Takata airbag recall, which affects around 19 million vehicles in the U.S. Amidst news of the eighth fatality in the U.S. and ongoing delays in securing the replacement parts, a bright spot has finally emerged.

On December 23, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the pace of Takata airbag recall completion had accelerated, taking more of these dangerous products off the road. During the two-week period ending on December 4, more than 950,000 vehicles were repaired. That’s a small number when compared with the overall size of the recall, but it’s still a hopeful sign that this issue may be resolved before the death toll mounts even further.

Three automakers recently expanded their Takata passenger inflator recalls to include additional vehicles or inflators from model years already included in the recall. Due to the difficulty in securing sufficient replacement parts, some drivers may have to take their cars in for temporary fixes before the installation of a final replacement inflator.

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