Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker facing intense scrutiny over one of the largest auto recalls in the U.S. history, continues to make the news.
According to a series of news reports, Ford and Toyota have expanded the number of vehicles being recalled over the presence of Takata air bags. According to the reports, the scandal involving the explosive air bags may have started months ago, but automakers are still adding thousands of vehicles to the list of recalled units. To the despair of drivers whose vehicles may be seen as potentially deadly in the event of a crash.
Ford has recently added 816,000 vehicles to its list of recalled units. These cars come with air bag inflators that may explode mid-deployment, increasing the risk of having metal shrapnel spew into the air inside the car cabin and toward occupants. If that’s the case, they may suffer injuries as a result.
So far, reports show that at least 16 people died in accidents involving these air bags globally.
Vehicles added to Ford’s list of recalled models include the 2005 through 2009 as well as the 2012 Ford Mustang, the 2005 and 2006 Ford GT, the 2006 through 2009 as well as the 2012 Ford Fusion, the 2007 through 2009 Ford Ranger, the 2007 through 2009 Ford Edge, the 2006 through 2009 and 2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, the 2007 through 2009 Lincoln MKX, and the 2006 through 2009 Mercury Milan.
These vehicles come front passenger air bags fitted with the defective inflators.
But Ford is not the only company being impacted by an expansion of the Takata recall. Toyota has also added thousands of vehicles to its list of units fitted with Takata’s explosive air bags.
At least 543,000 of the 2008, 2009, and 2012 Scion xB, 2009 and 2012 Toyota Corolla and Matrix, 2007 through 2009 and 2012 Toyota Yaris, the 2012 Toyota 4Runner and Sienna, the 2006 through 2009 and 2012 Lexus IS250/IS350, the 2008 through 2009, and 2012 Lexus IS-F, 2007 through 2009, and 2012 Lexus ES350, the 2012 Lexus GX460 and LFA vehicles have been recalled. They are all fitted wit hfront passenger-side air bag inflators that could expose consumers to injury risks in a crash.
Many news reports claim Takata’s air bags are faulty because the company chose to use a cost-cutting material in order to prompt the air bag to deploy. For more on this story, follow this link.