Your money: Takata air bags recall expands to 3.3 million vehicles

The image of mannequin in a car after crash-test

The image of mannequin in a car after crash-test

The faulty air bags have resulted in at least 20 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide.

This latest recall includes frontal airbags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made by the following auto dealers: Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla. Automakers are to report the specific models at a later date.

Takata posted a full list of the vehicles affected in the recalls. Sources have touted this recall for airbag inflators to be the largest in the history of US automotive industry, which is withdrawing more than 69 million inflators in over 42 million vehicles across the globe.

Since the recall began, Takata has filed for bankruptcy, been fined $1 billion, and three executives have been convicted for falsifying data.

This recall also includes some 800,000 model year 2009 vehicles ever registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

So far, the recalls have effected 19 automakers who have had to recall about 69 million air bag inflators in 42 million vehicles, CBS reported.

Experts cite that cheating scandals of this nature are not new to the automotive & transportation industry, be it Volkswagen's "defeat devices" or Takata's defective airbag inflators. This creates an abundance of pressure for the inflator and in extreme cases causes the inflator to explode, shooting shrapnel toward unsuspecting drivers and passengers. This could include replacing airbags that were previously replaced under earlier Takata recalls, NHTSA says.

NHTSA and vehicle manufacturers are urging the public to get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible, saying the recall fix will be free.

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