New Takata air bag recall to cover five million U.S. vehicles

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New Takata air bag recall to cover five million U.S. vehicles

A 2006 Ford Ranger Takata airbag death in SC is the 10th confirmed fatality caused by an exploding Takata airbag inflator.

The death of Joel Knight is the first caused by a Takata airbag inflator in a Ford vehicle.

"I can confirm that Audi will be part of the Takata-related recall but we're not giving a list of affected vehicles", said Mark Clothier, a spokesman for Audi.

Regulators were still in the process late Friday of receiving updated filings from Takata and auto makers detailing the latest round of recalls. NHTSA said 1,900 USA tests of those inflators have not resulted in any ruptures.

Despite the unprecedented size of the Takata air bag recalls, NHTSA expects the number of vehicles recalled to continue to increase, Trowbridge said.

Friday's move was prompted in part by the death of the driver of a Ford Motor Co (F.N) Ranger pickup truck last month, as well as new tests conducted on suspected faulty air bags. In a statement to Cars.com, Ford said it's "working with the agency to review the available information, but we have very limited information at this point".

"Recalls are a serious safety issue that should be promptly addressed", said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Thursday in a release. Takata agreed to appoint an independent monitor to oversee its recalls and operate under the terms of a five-year consent decree. Mercedes-Benz will also be involved in the Takata airbag recall for the first time.

"It looks pretty inevitable that all of these air bags with ammonium nitrate may be recalled", Shahan said. This recall comes after testing on some similar inflators in already-recalled Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles showed additional ruptures.

Rebecca Lindland with Kelley Blue Book said consumers are getting complacent about recalls.

The agency has fined Takata $70 million for delays in disclosing the safety defect and warned that the company could face an additional $130 million penalty if it doesn't fulfill the terms of the consent order. In the meantime, they've developed a database in which any auto owner can enter a vehicle identification number (VIN) and learn of any open recalls on their auto.

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