14:43 GMT05 December 2020
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    Takata is preparing to recall an additional 35 million airbags that are prone to unexpected ruptures.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Japanese auto-parts manufacturer Takata is preparing to recall an additional 35 million airbags that are prone to unexpected ruptures that have killed at least 11 people, the US media reported.

    "US regulators could unveil the expanded recall as soon as this week," the Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Takata remained in discussions Tuesday… and the expanded recall hasn’t yet been completed."

    The pending recall would apply to tens of millions vehicles, in addition to the current recall of 28.8 million airbag inflators affecting 24 million vehicles, according to the report.

    Inflators made by Takata have unexpectedly ruptured, spraying shrapnel. The defect has been linked to 11 deaths globally and dozens of injuries, the report explained.

    A consent order Takata signed in November gives regulators broad authority to order the Japanese company to conduct additional recalls, the report noted.


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