Twelve automakers have been urged by the government to increase the speed of recall to replace deadly Takata airbag inflators.
Deputy Administrator Heidy King of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent letters to the 12 automakers about non-compliance with a December 2017 deadline to replace the dangerous inflators.
The letters were sent to BMW, Daimler Vans, Daimler Trucks, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.
King says she wants to meet with all 12 automakers to discuss plans to increase the pace of recall repairs. NHTSA says more than 7 million inflators that should have been replaced on the streets by the end of 2017. King says she is "deeply worried" about the number of unrepaired vehicles.
At least 22 deaths and 300 injuries occurred worldwide due to inflators, including at least 15 deaths in the US, most in Honda vehicles.
Because it was hit hardest by Takata's failures, Honda has made hundreds of thousands of house calls to knock on the doors of the affected owners to persuade them to repair the
automaker and NHTSA are tired of asking owners to have their vehicles repaired, at least for owners who know about the recalled vehicles. In some situations, automakers try to connect the points to find vehicles that have traversed multiple owners, sometimes a difficult job with older models.
Some of these vehicles not yet fixed include inflators classified as so dangerous in 2006 by Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series NHTSA and automakers publish Warnings "Not Drive" [Fordsays49percentofabout33000Rangerswererepairedand58percentof2205Mazdatrucksaregoodbutthatleavesthousandsofshellsonthestreets
NHTSA says a recalled truck should be parked until the automaker can tow the vehicle for repairs because two Ford Ranger drivers were already killed by exploding inflators By the end of 2018, the US will Called back about 70 million Takata Inflators
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