Massive recall by air bag maker Takata; find out if your vehicle is affected

Today air bag maker Takata gave in to federal pressure, agreeing to recall nearly 34 million air bags. 

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reached an agreement with Takata after sparring with the company for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem with millions of air bags.

 It will be the largest recall in the agency's history.

One of Takata's claims was that the problem was confined to warm weather states. No one has been able to say, exactly why the air bags malfunction. 

To see if your car is on the recall list - check SaferCar.Gov it is the government website and constantly updated.

We do know that they have exploded after crashes and sent pieces of steel into the car on both the passenger and driver sides. 

Police at the crash scene said it looked like the injured passengers had been shot or stabbed.

Takata has been fined $14,000 a day by the national highway traffic safety administration for failing to comply with the investigation.

The bottom line as of today the fine totals $1.2 million the fine is now suspended after this latest development.  It could be reinstated depending on the results.

No word tonight on how they will find replacements for the airbags, it could take years to produce that many new additional ones.

Ten automakers, including Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., have recalled 17 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 36 million worldwide because of the problem. Those numbers will grow by millions because of the agreement, but it's unclear which manufacturers will be most affected by the expanded recalls.

Automakers must conduct recalls even if they are for defective parts.

The Takata recall dwarfs last year's highly publicized recall of 2.6 million General Motors small cars for defective ignition switches.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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