McLaren has issued a recall for a large volume of its vehicles currently residing in the United States as they’re equipped with faulty Takata airbag inflators. The British car manufacturer filed the recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on February 28.
The recall confirms that the Takata airbag inflator used as part of the passenger front airbag modules can explode due to propellant degradation after long-term exposure to high humidity, temperature, and temperature cycling. If the inflator explodes, sharp metal fragments can strike the driver or occupants.
In the recall notice, McLaren confirms that it will notify affected owners and dealerships will replace the airbags free of charge. The recall was scheduled to start on March 31.
News of McLaren’s Takata airbag recall comes just days after Honda and the NHTSA confirmed that a 24th person had been killed due to a ruptured airbag inflator.
According to Honda, the driver of the Civic was killed in an accident last year. The car in question was originally recalled in December 2014 and Honda mailed more than 12 recall notices and made more than 20 phone calls to the previous owner to ensure the vehicle was repaired. However, they were in vain, as the Civic was later sold to the victim without the airbags being replaced just three months prior to the fatal crash.