Takata airbag recall in US will likely expand by 35 million

Takata airbag recall in US will likely expand by 35 million

According to reports, the auto-safety regulators at the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are likely to announce that at least 35 million additional airbags manufactured by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp. will need to be fixed.

The announcement, as per an unidentified sources briefed on the matter, will likely be made by the NHTSA on Wednesday, May 4.

With the Takata airbags recall already underscoring the biggest automotive recall in US history, the latest NHTSA announcement -- that nearly 35 million more airbags need to be fixed -- means that the Takata airbag recall in the country will be more than doubled.

As a result of the expanded recall, the total number of Takata airbags recalled in the US will reach up to 63 million; thereby affecting approximately 25 percent of the 250 million vehicles running on the US roads.

About the expanded Takata airbag recall, Scott Upham -- founder and CEO of Valient Market Research auto consulting firm -- said that the wider recall has come after an admission by Takata that its use of a compound called ammonium nitrate in manufacturing the airbags can pose a potential safety risk.