The largest recall in U.S. automotive history is on the way after federal safety regulators expanded a nationwide recall of Takata’s air bags to 69 million vehicles made by more than 14 automakers.
The move by federal regulators comes after the 10th fatality linked to Takata’s defective air bags was reported. Recently, a teenager named Huma Hanif was driving a Honda Civic when she ran into a car in front of her. The air bag ruptured upon deployment and sent a metal shard into her neck. She died at the scene, becoming the 10th fatality linked to faulty air bags developed by the company Takata Corp.
The incident highlights some of the dangers associated with air bags. Although they have saved many lives, air bags have also caused some deaths since automakers began widely using them. In the 1990s, for example, 200 people died in accidents in which an air bag deployed with fatal force.