CARS.COM — Citing government officials, Reuters is reporting that some 85 million more Takata airbag inflators may need to be recalled unless the embattled airbag supplier can prove they are safe.
Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have said they eventually want to compel Takata to recall all of its ammonium nitrate inflators — a chemical linked to deadly airbag ruptures — and said this could involve potentially millions more cars. Reuters noted that this is the first time a hard number has been attached.
It comes on the heels of a 10th U.S. death from Takata airbags on March 31. Twelve automakers have recalled some 28 million Takata inflators in millions of cars from the 2000 to 2016 model years. Virtually all of them are driver- or passenger-side frontal airbags, but Reuters reported a big chunk of Takata’s additional pool — 26.9 million — involves side-impact airbags.
A NHTSA spokesperson did not respond to Cars.com’s request for comment.