The recall of an additional five million vehicles with Takata airbags was announced by federal officials on Friday, January 22 after a tenth death was linked to the faulty airbags. The death of a South Carolina man in an accident in Georgia in late December was reported as the first Takata-linked fatality in a vehicle other than a Honda. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declined to identify the victim who was driving a 2006 Ford Ranger truck. Today’s recall includes Honda, Ford, Audi, Volkswagen, Daimler, Saab, Mazda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
More than 19 million vehicles had already been recalled by 12 manufacturers. Takata was fined $70 million in November for not reporting the defect promptly. The Takata airbags use ammonium nitrate as a propellant, and regulators say that unless the manufacturer can prove the propellant is safe, millions more vehicles may need to be recalled.