Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp is expected to declare about 33.8m vehicles defective on Tuesday, a move that is expected to lead to the largest auto recall in US history, the Detroit News reported, citing three officials briefed on the announcement.
The company is expected to announce that it has filed a series of four defect information reports with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), declaring both driver and passenger air bag inflators defective in the vehicles, the report said.
The US Department of Transportation and the NHTSA said earlier that they would make a “major” announcement related to the air bag recall.
Takata had no immediate comment on the report.
The number of vehicles with potentially defective Takata air bags recalled globally since 2008 has risen to about 36m following recalls over the past week by Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co Ltd and Honda.
The automakers have said that they decided to proceed with the recalls after finding some Takata air bag inflators were not sealed properly, allowing moisture to seep into the propellant casing. Moisture damages the propellant and can lead to an inflator exploding with too much force, shooting shrapnel inside the vehicle.
Six deaths have been linked to the defective air bags, all in cars made by Honda, which has borne the brunt of the Takata recalls to date and which gave a disappointing profit forecast last month due to higher costs related to quality fixes.
This article was written by Dominic Rushe, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 19th May 2015 19.39 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010