While 2014 set record numbers in automotive recalls, 2015 has brought with it its own set of lingering safety defects.
Takata, a Japanese airbag supplier, who was at the center of millions of auto recalls in 2014, is once again in the center of a recall storm.
In recent days, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Daihatsu have all added more than 11 million vehicles to the Takata airbag recalls.
In early 2008, the first safety defects in Takata airbag inflators were identified. In some accidents, and in particularly humid regions, the Takata airbag inflators were found to explode and pierce the airbag sending shrapnel into the torsos of car accident victims.
It appears, now, that not all of the affected vehicles were recalled in 2014. While the first round of Takata recalls announced in 2014 concerned humid regions, the latest investigation concerns moisture damage in the inflators that may cause them to rupture.
Takata released a new safety study in March 2015 that identified the potential moisture damage. In light of this additional information, automakers have decided to add to the recalls that they have announced in 2014.
The latest round of recalls affects cars sold in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
No injuries have been confirmed, yet the automakers have initiated the recalls as a preventative measure.
Safety experts predict that every vehicle that was equipped with defective Takata airbags may end up being recalled. In response to the announced recalls, shares of Takata have begun trading 11 percent lower.
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