Here’s yet another chapter in the Takata airbag scandal: no less than 12 million vehicles have been added to the recalled vehicles list. But other areas of the country are also affected depending on the age of vehicles.
Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The vehicles being sold that will later need to be recalled include the 2016-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2016 Volkswagen CC, 2016 Audi TT and 2017 Audi R8. The announcement was made after independent investigations suggested that time, environmental moisture and high temperatures could cause the airbag inflator to malfunction, putting vehicle occupants at risk of serious injury or even death.
Owners with questions can contact the automaker at 800-647-7261. The issue gained new traction after the March 31 death of a 17-year-old high school student in Texas in a moderate crash in her 2002 Honda Civic that police said would have been survivable without the defective air bag.
Previously, 14 automakers recalled 28.8 million inflators in 24 million vehicles.
Fiat Chrysler told the committee that at least one of its current models contains a frontal passenger-side airbag that uses the ammonium-nitrate inflators without a desiccant or drying agent. The numbers have raised concerns about Takata’s financial survival.
In November, Takata agreed to pay a $70 million fine for safety violations and NHTSA named a former federal prosecutor as an independent monitor to oversee the massive recalls. It may take several weeks for all the newly recalled vehicles to be entered into the databases.
Honda expanded their recall to the 2009 to 2011 Acura TSX, TSX Sportwagon and to the 2010 to 2011 Acura ZDX. Affected brands under Fiat Chrysler Automobiles include Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram.
Yuri Kageyama contributed from Tokyo.