Airbag recall becomes largest auto recall in history


SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Takata announced a massive recall Tuesday due to problems with its airbags.

The recall comes after at least give deaths have been tied to the bad bags.

34 million were recalled.

That’s almost one out of seven cars on U.S. roads today.

Federal regulations have been going after Takata for months over the defective airbags.

The problem?

The airbag’s inflaters can explode when deployed, spraying metal fragments into the vehicle.

At least six deaths have been linked to the defect.

In February, Federal Regulators began fining Takata $14,000 a day for not cooperating with their investigation.

As of Tuesday, fines have added up to $1.2 million.

“This recall involves 11 auto manufacturers, many different part suppliers, not just Takata, roughly double the amount of vehicles in the United States every year. It’s fair to say this is probably the most complex consumer safety recall in U.S. History,” said Anthony Foxx, the U.S. Transportation Secretary.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it doesn’t know why the airbags explode.

But the government said it will not risk safety as the investigation continues.

Takata and 11 separate automakers are involved in the recall.

Most of the cars affected were made by Honda, but dozens of other brands are affected, mostly models built between 2000 and 2011. 

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