auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag
controls to include 12.3 million vehicles equipped with bags that may not inflate in a crash.
The settlement amount is more than half of what the plaintiffs class believes it could have won at trial if damages were calculated based on how much the automakers paid for and marked up Takata air bags
, according to court documents.
All of the 72,885 UK vehicles affected were manufactured between April 2006 and August 2015, with those recalled over air bag
concerns produced between October 2008 and August 2012.
The air bags
were not made by Takata, according to Toyota.
In total, ten deaths worldwide and nine in the United States have been linked to Takata's air bag
inflators, all but one involving Honda models.
Takata uses ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion that quickly inflates its air bags
. But government investigators say the chemical can burn faster than designed if exposed to prolonged airborne moisture.
to date have been killed by exploding Takata air bags
, and 10 different automakers have recalled vehicles with the Takata air bags
that are on either the driver's or passenger's side of the vehicle.--Linda Ball
Since 2008, automakers have recalled about 17 million vehicles with Takata air bags
that can rupture when they deploy, producing fragments that can kill or seriously injure occupants.
safety regulators on Wednesday ordered the company to expand a regional recall of driver-side air bags
to cover the entire United States, not just hot and humid areas where the air bag
inflators are thought to become more volatile.
The action Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) covers driver's side air bags
equipped with inflators made by Takata Corp.
Ford Motor recalled about 850, 000 vehicles, including Fusion sedans, on Friday amid concerns that an electrical glitch could cause the vehicles' air bags
to malfunction during an accident.
A recall of defective air bags
is spreading to more manufacturers.
It offers both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models, in SLE and SLT trim levels, All models include four-wheel disc brakes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control, as well as six standard air bags
: dual frontal air bags
, head curtain side air bags
and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags
The front center air bag
is part of a 360-degree safety system that helps protect passengers before, during and after a crash, including anchor pretensioners for outboard occupants and pelvic-thorax seat-mounted side air bags
Dubai: Al Futtaim Motors on Sunday confirmed that 1,395 Toyota Avalon units need to be recalled to deal with an issue that could impair air bags
. These units were built between August 2011 and June 2013, according to a statement issued by the local Toyota dealership.