The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed Tuesday earlier reports that air bag manufacturer Takata plans to declare 33.8 million vehicles defective.
"Takata has agreed to confirm that [their] airbag inflators are defective," said Anthony Foxx, the U.S. transportation secretary. "It is fair to say this is the most complex consumer recall in U.S. history."
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has pressed Takata to declare millions of vehicles defective since November. Faulty air bags are linked to at least six deaths and more than 100 injuries, The Detroit News reported.
"The expanded recalls encompass all of the older generation of phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate driver inflators manufactured by Takata, from the start of production to the end of production. These are the inflators that have been involved in most of the field incidents where inflators have ruptured," Takata said in a statement.
The agency added the recall could take several years and added it would provide the vehicle identification numbers (VINs) of the affected vehicles on www.safercar.gov.
Takata also announced it has filed four defect reports with U.S. officials saying 33.8 million vehicles are defective. Major automakers have recalled about 17 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators in the U.S. since 2013.
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