NHTSA: Seven bigwig automakers to recall millions of vehicles due to defective airbags

NHTSA: Seven bigwig automakers to recall millions of vehicles due to defective a

In a Monday statement, US auto safety agency - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - revealed that seven leading automakers will announce the recall of millions of vehicles worldwide due to defective airbags.

According to the NHTSA, the new round of vehicle recalls resulting from faulty airbags will be announced by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota.

The vehicles to be recalled by these seven bigwig automakers have been sold in places where the airbags can be potentially affected because of hot and humid weather conditions. The recalls are prompted by the fact that the airbags in the affected vehicles can explode under certain circumstances.

The recalls will follow an earlier-this-month investigation by the NHTSA which received six reports of airbags rupturing in Florida and Puerto Rico.

The vehicle recalls to be announced by the seven automakers underscore a move which marks the expansion of earlier efforts to identify as well as fix potentially defective air bag inflators made by Tokyo-based Takata Corp, which is one of the world's leading manufacturers of airbags.

The seven automakers have said in their letters to the government that they are cooperating with the recall even though it has not been formally ascertained whether the airbags are a safety hazard. The airbags of the vehicles to be recalled will be replaced by dealers for free, and the automakers will send the airbags to Takata for further testing.

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