More Cars Recalled for Defective Takata AirbagsDecember 23, 2019
Takata airbags were first identified as dangerous to the public in 2014, with recalls beginning that same year. Despite these recalls, the fifth person in the United States to be killed by a Takata airbag died in 2015. Nine of the total 16 deaths in the United States associated with the airbags occurred in Acura and Honda vehicles. The Takata airbag saga has been ongoing as more automakers announced additional recalls associated with the Takata airbags.
Recall Spans to Various Car Models
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the recall associated with the Takata airbags is the largest and most complex safety recall in United States history. Millions of cars manufactured between 2002 and 2015 have been recalled. The recall spans across many different manufacturers, makes, and models. The issue is that the housing within the airbag has the potential to rupture in a crash, sending metal shards into the face and neck of the driver and the passenger. This can cause injury and even death. Worldwide, this has caused over 24 deaths and over 300 injuries among drivers and passengers. The defective nature of the device can be exacerbated by age, environmental moisture, and other issues.
More Recent Recalls Related to Takata Airbags
Recently, five more automakers announced recalls associated with Takata airbags. These recalls are from a different type of Takata airbag than the previous stated recalls. The airbags are in older models of Audi, BMW, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Toyota. The most recent recalls are associated with improperly sealed airbag inflators. This could cause airbags to deploy with not enough force to protect occupants in a crash. This is a different problem from the previously recalled Takata airbag, and it is unclear how or why this problem was just discovered.
General Information About Recalls
If drivers are unclear about whether there is a recall on their car, they can enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the NHTSA’s website to access the most updated recall information. It is advisable that drivers check back often, especially regarding older model cars of the five automakers mentioned above, since the recalled cars are still being updated.
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