Parts for the recall have to be obtained on an accelerated basis, the Department of Transportation says.

U.S. officials have reported 11 deaths and at least 184 people injured in incidents involving Takata airbags so far, and the Department of Transportation has announced it wants to accelerate the replacements of faulty airbag inflators.

“The Department of Transportation is maintaining its aggressive oversight of the efforts to recall Takata airbags as quickly as possible,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx commented. “The amended order will speed up the availability of replacement airbags, and continues to prioritize the highest risk vehicles to protect the traveling public.”

Foxx is referring to the Amended Coordinated Remedy Order, which requires replacement parts to be obtained on an accelerated basis and made available first to the riskiest vehicles. The order also sets new requirements for automakers to certify to the National Highway Traffic Saffety Administration when they have obtained “a sufficient supply of replacement parts to begin repairs, and requires automakers to coordinate consumer messaging using best practices identified by NHTSA, industry, and the Independent Monitor of Takata and the Coordinated Remedy Program.”

More about the Takata recal:

The biggest recall in the history of the automotive industry will ultimately affect approximately 64 to 69 million inflators in 42 million total recalled vehicles, according to the Department of Transportation. Jared Levy, a spokesman for Takata, said in a recent statement that the company backed “NHTSA's efforts to accelerate the Coordinated Remedy Program and target a 100 percent recall completion rate.” In order to meet the increased demand for airbag inflators, Takata “has dramatically ramped up production and capacity of airbag replacement kits.”

If you are not sure if your vehicle is among the affected from the recall, you can check out the full list of brands and models that are currently affected or will be affected by future Takata recalls.

Check out the press release section below for more information from the Department of Transportation regarding the Takata recall.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation via Automotive News

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