Study: New cars knowingly sold with recalled airbags

Takata airbags (KXAN file photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new report out shows the hidden dangers threatening the safety of your car.

The U.S. Senate discovered at least four automakers are still selling new vehicles with defective Takata airbags. Millions of the airbags have been recalled due to a major safety concern.

The Senate Commerce Committee said Toyota, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi are allowed to equip models already under production with the defective airbags. However, regulators said they must be recalled by 2018.

The Takata airbag can explode, sending metal fragments flying inside the car. The defect has been linked to at least 11 deaths so far, and more than one hundred injuries. This is the largest recall in car history.

In Texas, a 17-year-old girl was in a minor crash when the airbag went off too aggressively and killed her. She was driving a Honda sedan with a Takata airbag.

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