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NHTSA could recall all Takata airbag inflators

Many Pennsylvania drivers have a Takata airbag inflator in their vehicle that has been recalled or will soon be recalled. So far, Takata has had to recall 28.8 million airbag inflators around the country over a defect that can result in shrapnel flying at vehicle occupants during a crash. Eleven people have died because of the Takata airbag problem, and the automotive recall has been the largest in U.S. history.

There could be 85 million more Takata airbag inflator recalls if Takata can't prove that its unrecalled airbag inflators are safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has told Takata that it must offer sufficient proof that its airbag inflators are safe by a specified deadline. If Takata can't provide it, the NHTSA will issue a recall of all of the company's inflators.

Takata airbag inflators on older vehicles that have been exposed to high humidity are more likely to have the potentially fatal defect. Ammonium nitrate, the chemical that is used to inflate the airbags, can burn too fast and cause an explosion. A drying agent may prevent the inflators from exploding, but there are currently 53 million Takata airbag inflators without such a dessicant that are being used in cars today.

A person who was involved in an accident may have sustained more severe injuries because of a Takata airbag inflator or another defective automotive product. An attorney who has experience in products liability claims can often be of assistance in pursuing compensation from the negligent manufacturer as well as, if appropriate, the driver who caused the crash.

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