On the 15th, we shared a story from FORTUNE Magazine detailing that Honda Motor Co and Daihatsu Motor Co would recall more than 5 million cars to replace potentially fatal air bag inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp.
Over the last few days, this recall has escalated and it is now reported that Takata’s airbag recall is the largest auto recall in history.
At least five U.S. deaths and one in Malaysia have been tied to the faulty airbags. But Japanese auto parts maker Takata, the world’s No 4 maker of airbags, has previously resisted demands by regulators to get all the affected airbags off the road.The airbags have been known to explode andsend shrapnel into the face and body of both the driver and front seat passenger. Dozens of different models are affected, most of which were built between 2000 and 2011. Consumers can check to see if their car is included in the recall by going to a special website created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html. But it could take some time to have all the recalled vehicles show up in that database, so car owners should check back in a few weeks as well.