Like a Major League Baseball season and the Twitter feeds of narcissists, the Takata airbag fiasco seems never-ending. In paperwork filed with the NHTSA last week, Mazda announced two recalls for cars with passenger front airbag inflators that had already been replaced under a previous recall. The new recalls affect more than 100,000 vehicles.
The inflators supplied by Takata, the Japanese airbag company that has gone bankrupt following the largest recall in automotive history, can explode and send shrapnel into the driver and other occupants, causing serious injury or death. In the U.S., 16 people have died from the defect, and at least 250 people have been injured, according to the NHTSA. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can trigger the defect, which has led to the recall of up to 70 million airbags in more than 41 million vehicles across nearly all major automakers.
Before being taken down by the recall, Takata tried to fix the initial wave of vehicles with faulty airbags with more faulty airbags of the same design. This time, they will get inflators with an alternate design.