840,000 Mercedes-Benz, Daimler models recalled over Takata air bags

AFP-JIJI

German automaker Daimler AG has announced the recall of some 840,000 Mercedes-Benz and Daimler vehicles in the United States equipped with potentially defective Takata air bags.

Daimler said Tuesday the recall included about 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and 136,000 Daimler vans.

It was the latest recall involving Takata air bags, which can rupture and send shrapnel into occupants of a car.

At least 10 deaths, including nine in the United States, have been tied to the faulty air bags. Automakers worldwide have been forced to recall more than 20 million cars to have the air bags replaced.

Investigators suspect that the air bag inflators and the propellant inside can deteriorate, especially in consistently hot and humid conditions, causing them to misfire.

Last week Honda recalled 2.2 million cars equipped with Takata air bags at risk of rupturing.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called the issue in January “a massive safety crisis.”

Takata, which has been accused of covering up the problem for years, was fined $200 million (about ¥24.1 billion) by the NHTSA in November for providing inadequate and inaccurate information about the air bags and for failing to recall them quickly once it became aware of the problem.