Sens. Blumenthal and Markey: broaden Takata recall

We've chronicled the saga of Takata's life-threatening airbags and the resulting government recall.

In the latest chapter, Senators Blumenthal and Markey (of Connecticut and Massachusetts, respectively) have written the Obama Administration calling for the recall to be broadened after a horrific death in December:

The [Senators'] letter follows the death of Joel Knight, who was killed in December when the airbag in his 2006 Ford Ranger ruptured after hitting a stray cow in South Carolina, sending metal debris into his throat. The airbag, on the driver’s side, had not been recalled until last month. Ten deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the defect.

Millions of defective airbags are potentially still on the roads, the New York Times reports.

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