Upon the insistence of the U.S Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), air-bag manufacturer Takata, has not only acknowledged a defect in its inflators but also has agreed to a national recall of nearly 34 million vehicles that are equipped with the faultly equipment.

“Today is a major step forward for public safety. The Department of Transportation is taking the proactive steps necessary to ensure that defective inflators are replaced with safe ones as quickly as possible, and that the highest risks are addressed first. We will not stop our work until every air bag is replaced.” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The defected inflators is said to be made with a propellant that will degrade over time and can ignite too quickly, producing excess pressure that causes it rupture, sending metal shards into the passenger cabin. It is believed that the ruptures have been blamed for six deaths worldwide, with one case involving a Malaysian.

“From the very beginning, our goal has been simple: a safe air bag in every vehicle. The steps we’re taking today represent significant progress toward that goal. We all know that there is more work to do, for NHTSA, for the auto makers, for parts suppliers, and for consumers. But we are determined to get to our goal as rapidly as possible.” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind.



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