Takata airbag recall: US authorities identify new problems in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles

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Takata filed for bankruptcy in June in the wake of its airbag problems (Source: Getty)

Takata is to recall an extra 2.7m defective airbags in the US as part of the world’s largest ever vehicle recall.

Following testing by the US National Highway Traffic Safety administration, the firm declared defective airbags had been found in Ford, Nissan and Mazda cars and trucks.

Nissan said it will recall 627,000 Versa models from between 2007 and 2012, “out of an abundance of caution”.

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The issue could impact around 2.2m of Ford’s cars. A spokesperson for the firm said it was monitoring the situation, but added: “We aren’t aware of any incidents and test data doesn’t suggest any issues.”

Takata filed for bankruptcy in June. More than 65 per cent of the 46.2m previously recalled airbags in the US have yet to be repaired. Some 17 different carmakers have been affected.

The airbags are already linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide.

Some 125m cars are expected to be recalled worldwide following the Takata scandal

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