Millions of vehicle across the United States are affected by this massive safety airbag recall. Japanese manufacturer Takata has just added an additional 3.3 million faulty airbags to the growing recall list. And as the recalls are slowly being phased in over three years, drivers are put at risk as well as the passengers who rely on airbags to save their lives in the event of an accident. In the recall, older vehicles have the highest priority. And the problem we’re talking about here is severe.
When things go wrong, a chemical in the inflators can deteriorate. And this can result in an explosion that sends metal parts and hot shrapnel plowing into drivers and passengers, potentially killing them.
About 42 million vehicles are threatened in the United States alone.
Around the world at least 20 people have been killed and an additional 180 other people have been injured. These shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags are potentially deadly, and you need to act fast before they explode in your car.
According to CNBC,
“The latest recalls cover frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Tesla.”
Later this month, automakers are expected to provide the appropriate paperwork to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Until things get sorted out, people could be driving around with a faulty airbag and not even know it.
The recalls are occurring based on the age of the car because time is important to the process.
The NHTSA writes on their website:
“The propellant in the inflators breaks-down after long-term exposure to high-temperature fluctuations and humidity. This breakdown can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, creating too much pressure for the inflator, and in extreme cases, the inflator explodes, shooting shrapnel toward vehicle occupants. Using this information, the agency prioritized the recall of air bag inflators based on the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants.”
Honda and Toyota are among the worst affected car manufacturers.
On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Toyota recalled an additional 600,000 air bag inflators to cars in the United States.
In June, Takata and its United States entities filed for bankruptcy after more than 100 million of their airbags were recalled.
The airbag malfunction was linked to a death in Louisiana last month.
The car in the crash was a 2004 Honda Civic.
Are you worried that your car might have a Takata airbag? ConsumerReports.org suggests you do the following to stay safe on the road:
“Vehicles made by 19 different automakers have been recalled to replace frontal airbags on the driver’s side or passenger’s side, or both in what NHTSA has called “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” The airbags, made by major parts supplier Takata, were mostly installed in cars from model year 2002 through 2015. Some of those airbags could deploy explosively, injuring or even killing car occupants.”
Visit your car manufacturer’s recall website for more information. Take action now because it could save your life.