This time around, the recalls are including some passenger-side air bags that are fitted with the potentially faulty inflators, with the recalled vehicles being in the Gulf Coast region where humidity levels are often high.
Such consistently high humidity levels are believed to interact with the inflators in such a way that in the event of an accident, the airbag is deployed with too much force, possibly causing shrapnel to explode outward toward the driver.
The additional recalls aren t surprising in light of this month s Takata news — another 35 million to 40 million inflators will be added to the recall list over the new couple of years.
The U.S. has been particularly hard-hit by the recalls, but isn't the only nation affected.
In a statement today, Japan's government announced that another 7 million vehicles with Takata inflators will be recalled in Japan over safety concerns.
Eleven individuals have died as a result of the faulty airbags, and more than one hundred individuals have suffered injuries.