WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey are urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall all cars with Takata inflators and to accelerate the repair of all affected vehicles.
The renewed push for a broader recall comes just two weeks after Takata agreed to seek the recall of 5.1 million more driver-side inflators. American Honda Motor Co. late Wednesday said it is recalling 2.23 million Honda and Acura vehicles as part of that action.
Blumenthal and Markey decried the use of the ammonium nitrate propellant as "the source of the problem with the faulty Takata airbags," in a letter to President Obama.
"It is believed that as many as 54 million metal inflators containing this explosive compound are installed in vehicles in the United States," they wrote. "While about 28 million of these inflators have been recalled to date through vehicle recalls, a staggering 26 million remain in vehicles not yet recalled. Yet NHTSA has resisted our repeated calls to expand its recall."
The senators asked Obama to use "every tool at his disposal" to accelerate the repair of all vehicles with "potentially lethal" Takata airbags.
The defective airbags are blamed for nine deaths in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Lawmakers want to stem the seemingly endless flow of Takata recall announcements with sweeping action.