According to a report by Reuters on January 23, five million more vehicles have been included in the latest air bag recall by Takata Corp following the death of the driver of a Ford Motor Co Ranger pickup truck on December 22. The latest recall brings the total number of air bags recalled to 28 million units in a total of 24 million vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
NHTSA spokesperson Gordon Trowbridge stated that the effect of the faulty air bags is a massive safety crisis. The NHTSA also said that 1 million of the total vehicles recently added to the recall have inflators that are similar to the ones installed on the Ford Ranger.
The death that occurred on December 22 marked the 10th death worldwide that has been linked to dangerous Takata air bag inflators.