Automakers Miss 2017 Takata Deadline By 7 Million Airbags

Twelve automakers have been asked by the government to increase the pace of recalls to replace deadly Takata airbag inflators.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Administrator Heidi King sent letters to the 12 automakers about failures to meet a December 2017 deadline to replace the dangerous inflators.

The letters were sent to BMW, Daimler Vans, Daimler Trucks, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

King says she wants to meet with all 12 automakers to discuss plans to increase the pace of recall repairs. NHTSA says more than 7 million inflators that should have been replaced by the end of 2017 still remain on the roads. King says she is “deeply concerned” about the number of vehicles that haven’t been repaired.