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Additional 5 Million Vehicles With Takata Airbags Recalled

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.

NBC and CBS both reported on the recall in Friday’s evening news.

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