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With 12 automakers already involved in Takata airbag recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is believed to be on the verge of adding another seven brands to the list that already includes the likes of Toyota, Honda, Nissan and BMW.

According to a new Bloomberg report, the US regulators overseeing the replacement of Takata airbags is looking to expand its concerns to include Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Suzuki, Volvo Trucks, Land Rover, Spartan Motors and the Volkswagen Group (no specific brands under the VW Group were named in the letters sent to the company).

This follow’s Takata’s report to the NHTSA regarding all the car manufacturers it had supplied the allegedly faulty ammonia-nitrate equipped airbags to. In its letters to each brand in the new list of manufacturers, Takata explained:

“Takata has identified your company as having been supplied airbag inflators that contain either its 2004 or 2004L ammonium nitrate-based propellant and that are not currently covered by the Takata DIRs. In connection with the Coordinated Remedy Program proceeding, NHTSA is considering not only whether to issue an administrative order that would coordinate the remedy programs associated with the current Takata recalls, but also whether such an order should include expansion of the current recalls.”

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As mentioned, the potential recall here surrounds the NHTSA’s concerns over the ammonium nitrate-based propellant used in the airbags supplied to the various car manufacturers. The substance has been identified as a possible cause for explosive deployments of the airbags, along with desiccant, another substance added to keep the systems dry, but is also known to contribute to the explosions.

Not too long ago, Volkswagen found itself in the spotlight of the NHTSA when a driver in the US was reported to have his side airbag rupture when his 2015 Tiguan hit a deer on the road.

With over 34 million vehicles having been recalled in the US alone, and millions more around the globe collectively, the Takata airbag issue isn’t one that’s going away anytime soon, so it seems.