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Takata Airbag Recall May Grow to Nearly 114 Inflators

The ongoing Takata airbag recall may grow to nearly 114 inflators, according to a statement by the U.S. government. That number includes the 28.8 million inflators that have already been recalled, as well as about 85 million other inflators currently installed in U.S. vehicles. All of the inflators contain ammonium nitrate, a chemical Takata uses to create a controlled explosion that fills the airbag in the event of a crash. When exposed to moisture for long periods, ammonium nitrate can become unstable. Most airbag manufacturers rely on other chemicals to create the necessary controlled explosion.

Unless Takata can prove the remaining 85 million inflators that contain ammonium nitrate are safe, it may have to recall all of them under an agreement with the U.S. government signed last year. Takata has also agreed to phase out its use of ammonium nitrate in manufacturing by 2018.

In the U.S., defective Takata airbags recently claimed their tenth life, a Texas teenage driver involved in a minor crash. Tragically, a lead investigator in the case noted everyone normally walks away from this type of crash. Seventeen-year-old Huma Hanif was not speeding when she rear-ended the car in front of her, causing moderate damage. The exploding Takata airbag propelled a metal shard into the side of her neck. The 2002 Honda Civic involved in the incident had allegedly been recalled multiple times, but the family claimed they had not received any recall notices.

Worldwide, the airbags have caused at least eleven fatalities and more than 100 injuries.

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