DETROIT (AP) – The NHTSA announced on Wednesday that 35 to 40 million more Takata airbags are being added to what is already the largest auto recall in American history.
The NHTSA said on Wednesday that 10 people have died from injuries suffered by defective airbags and more than 100 have been injured. An NHTSA spokesperson said the recall was necessary “To protect the safety of all Americans.”
Wednesday’s announcement brings the total number of vehicles included in the recall close to 69 million. Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, 28.8 million Takata inflators had been recalled.
Takata’s inflators can explode with too much force and send shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 11 people have died worldwide and over 100 have been hurt by the inflators.
The extended recall will have five phases through 2019. Dealers should take action immediately said the NHTSA on Wednesday.
NHTSA has created some online resources to help consumers whose vehicle may have a defective air bag made by Takata.
How to check
The NHTSA recommends people enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at this website: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/.
How to keep updated on the recalls
The NHTSA has set up a website dedicated to the Takata recalls: http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html.
The NHTSA says the website will contain regular updates, recall lists, and information on the status of the Takata recalls and its investigation.