Takata is preparing to recall an additional 35 to 40 million airbags due to the explosion risk they pose to drivers and passengers, according to a U.S. transportation official familiar with the company’s upcoming plans.
The company was already preparing to issue the nation’s largest auto recall on Wednesday.
Takata airbags are responsible for at least 10 US deaths. The bags are known to explode and send shrapnel into the faces and necks of victims.
Takata sells its brand of airbags to 22 brands of cars and trucks.
The most faulty Takata airbags have been found in Honda Motor vehicles.
Based on this massive recall more than 20% of the 260 million cars on US roads are driving around with faulty airbags that should be replaced immediately.
Takata and transportation officials have already identified tens of millions of cars that need new airbags. Because of the scale of the issue, the NHTSA has not been able to identify the entire scope of the issue.
More than 8 million Takata airbags have already been replaced.
Some vehicle owners will have to wait months before they can receive a new airbag because of the scope of the problem and Takata’s need to produce new airbags.