Takata Issues Biggest Consumer Product Recall in U.S. History

Airbag maker Takata is now dealing with the biggest recall of a consumer product in U.S. history.

Airbags in almost 34 million vehicles are now considered defective.

The road to this historic recall was a long one.

Starting with December 4 of last year, when Honda expanded its recall of cars with Takata airbags to all 50 states.

Honda and other automakers previously recalled vehicles with the faulty airbags, because they can explode without warning, sending shrapnel into cars, running the risk of killing those in the car.

On February 2, the government got involved, saying it will issue fines to Takata for every day it doesn’t cooperate with an investigation into the issue.

As of Tuesday, that added up to $1.2 million.

The fines were suspended Tuesday, but further ones are possible.

To deal with the ongoing problem, Takata, the world’s number four airbag maker, said it will double airbag production to keep up.

Just 10 days later, Toyota and Nissan recalled a total of 6.5 million cars with Takata airbags.

And yesterday, the number of recalled vehicles nearly doubled.

Now, it’s close to 34 million.

The former administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration detailed what comes next.

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