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US authorities say 85M Takata airbags still remain uncollected

US authorities have released the latest information on the large-scale Takata airbag recall. On April 13, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that around 85 million Takata airbag inflators may still need to be recalled in the United States if they are not proven safe.

The possible further recalls are also due to a defect in the airbag inflators. Measures to prevent moisture buildup were not carried out after the gas forming agents were constructed, which could result in a lack of sufficient gas density. When the airbag is activated, the internal pressure can then rise abnormally, causing the bag to rupture. This could result in fire or injury.

According to the NHTSA, there are approximately 29 million Takata airbag inflators that have been collected in the United States. It says that if the safety of the remaining 85 million inflators is not assured by Takata, it is shirking its responsibility in the recall.

(Translated by Greg Scott)