Takata Corp ., the portions supplier that filed for insolvency after sparking the most significant auto recall in history, called back 3.3 million air bags as part of a U.S. order that scheduled mends of the potentially deadly machines over several years.
The supplier identified at least 15 automakers that bought the air purses, including Toyota Motor Corp ., Honda Motor Co ., General Motors Co ., BMW AG and Tesla Inc. Takata said it will work with the companies to develop a remedy for each of their vehicles, and urge consumers to get their air purses replaced.
Defective Takata inflators can explode in a crash and spray vehicle tenants with metal shards. The components have been linked to 13 deaths in the U.S. and hundreds of harms, and mounting liabilities from the recalls pushed Takata to file for insolvency in June. Key Safety Systems Inc ., a supplier owned by China’s Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp ., plans to acquire the company.
Almost two-thirds of the 31.5 million U.S. vehicles containing defective air-bag inflators made by Takata remain unrepaired as of mid-September, according to a November report released by the independent monitor overseeing the remembers. About 65 million inflators are set to be recalled by the end of 2018 under a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plan to supplant the proportions in stages, scheduling the riskiest proportions for fixing first.