Leading brands recall cars over faulty airbags
Over 7.8 million vehicles have been recalled in the US over potentially fatal airbag defects, with Hondas most at risk.
Two deaths have already been linked to the airbag defects, manufactured by Takata. The propellant, intended to burn quickly and produce gas to inflate the air bag, is defective.
When a crash occurs, the propellant can rupture its container, shooting metal parts at the driver or front-seat occupant.
Hondas are most at risk, with over 5 million vehicles affected by the recall, but Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors all have cars on the list, and today Audi said it is voluntarily recalling 850,000 A4s worldwide.
Tests have shown that the airbags are at higher risk of failure in high humidity, so cars imported to from the US to Ghana may be particularly susceptible.
Takata did not disclose the danger of exploding air bags for years after the first reported incident in 2004 and three additional ruptures reported to Honda in 2007.