Takata expected to declare 33.8M vehicles defective

May 19, 2015 2:40 PM by NBC News

Air bag manufacturer Takata plans to declare 33.8 million vehicles defective on Tuesday, a move that could lead to the largest-ever U.S. auto recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed an earlier The Detroit News report on the planned move.

"Takata has agreed to confirm that Takata airbag inflators are defective," said Anthony Foxx, the U.S. transportation secretary. "It is fair to say this is the most complex consumer recall in U.S. history."

NHTSA has pressed Takata to declare millions of vehicles defective since November. Faulty air bags are linked to at least six deaths and more than 100 injuries, The Detroit News reported.

Takata is expected to announced it has filed four defect reports with U.S. officials saying 33.8 million vehicles are defective. Major automakers have recalled about 17 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators in the U.S. since 2013.

The four reports will cover nearly all of the 17 million vehicles already recalled, the newspaper wrote.

The Department of Transportation said earlier Tuesday a "major" announcement on Takata air bag recalls was expected.

For more information on the recall click here.


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