Takata airbag recall extended to 7.8m vehicles


US safety regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded the number of vehicles in the US that may be affected by recalls for potentially defective Takata airbags that could spray “shrapnel” at occupants from 6.1m to 7.8m.

The NHTSA has urged owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to replace installed airbags as soon as possible.

Honda accounts for almost 5.1m of the vehicles, Toyota 877,000 vehicles, Nissan almost 695,000 vehicles, BMW nearly 628,000 vehicles and Chrysler more than 371,000 vehicles.

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