Takata Corporation, the world’s largest airbag manufacturer and supplier, is expected to announce Wednesday, May 3rd, that it is recalling an additional 35-40 million airbags. This announcement would come in addition to Takata’s recent recalls from 14 automakers that include 24 million U.S. vehicles and 28.8 million inflators. All of these inflators contain propellant that causes the airbag to deploy with too much force and rupture its metal container. Ruptured containers have been linked to 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries due to metal shards sprayed at the occupant on airbag detonation. Takata entered into a consent order with NHTSA in November allowing the regulatory authority the power to issue additional recalls. This agreement required Takata to recall all airbags using ammonium nitrate propellant, the chemical linked to airbags deploying with too much force. However, if Takata can prove this propellant is safe by 2019, the recall will not be all-encompassing. Today’s recall expansion announcement leaves open the question of whether 50 million inflators will eventually be recalled. The possibility of these rapidly expanding recall costs has forced Takata to search out a potential financial backer in the event of bankruptcy.