Takata airbags contain a chemical that can degrade over time and cause an explosion of hot metal shrapnel in the vehicle. The chemical deteriorates when it's exposed to high heat and humidity, and it takes at least six years to reach a critical state. So far, Takata's inflators are responsible for 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries across the globe, with two additional deaths in Malaysia under investigation, The AP reports.
The US recalls mainly affect older-model vehicles in the Gulf Coast, where the climate is generally hot and humid. Honda has been hit particularly hard, with 4.5 million more inflators recalled just today. Here's the NHTSA's list of recalls for Friday, May 27th:
Honda: Certain 2003-06 Acura MDX, 2005-11 Acura RL, 2009-11 Acura TSX, 2010-11 Acura ZDX, 2008-11 Honda Accord, 2010-11 Honda Accord Crosstour, 2006-11 Honda Civic, 2005-11 Honda CR-V, 2003-11 Honda Element, 2010-11 Honda FCX Clarity, 2007-11 Honda Fit, 2010-11 Honda Insight, 2002-04 Honda Odyssey, 2003-11 Honda Pilot, 2006-11 Honda Ridgeline, certain 2006-10 Honda Gold Wing motorcycles.
Fiat Chrysler: Certain 2007-09 Chrysler Aspen SUVs, 2005-12 Chrysler 300, 2008-12 Dodge Challenger, 2006-12 Dodge Charger, 2005-11 Dodge Dakota pickups, 2004-09 Dodge Durango SUVs, 2005-08 Dodge Magnum wagons, 2004-08 Ram 1500 pickups, 2005-09 Ram 2500 pickups, 2006-09 Ram 3500 pickups, 2007-10 Ram/Ram 3500 cab chassis, 2008-10 Ram/Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis, 2007-12 Jeep Wrangler SUVs, 2006-09 Mitsubishi Raider pickups, 2008-09 Sterling/Bullet 4500/5500 cab chassis.
Toyota: Certain 2008-11 Scion xB and Lexus IS F, 2009-11 Toyota Corolla and Matrix, 2006-11 Toyota Yaris, Lexus IS250 and Lexus IS350, 2010-11 Toyota 4Runner, Lexus IS250C, Lexus IS350C and Lexus GX460, 2011 Sienna, 2007-11 Lexus ES350, and 2009-10 Pontiac Vibes designed for General Motors by Toyota.
Mazda: Certain 2009-11 Mazda6, 2007-11 CX-7 and CX-9, 2004-11 RX-8, 2004-06 MPV, 2003-08 Mazda6, 2006-07 Mazdaspeed6
Subaru: Certain 2003-04 Legacy and Outback, 2006 Saab 9-2x made by Subaru, and 2003-06 Baja pickups. Also certain 2009-11 Legacy, Outback and Forester; 2006-11 Impreza and Tribeca.
Nissan: Certain 2005-08 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-04 Infiniti I30 and I35, 2006-10 Infiniti M35 and M45, and 2007-11 Nissan Versa.
Ferrari: Certain 2009-11 Ferrari California and 2010-11 458 Italia.
Mitsubishi: Certain 2006-07 Lancer and Lancer Evolution cars.