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Humidity May Be Responsible For Malfunctioning Airbags

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jun 24, 2014 in Auto Accidents

Takata, a Japanese manufacturing company that supplies auto companies with seatbelts, airbags and other components is currently at the heart of a large NHTSA investigation involving most of the worlds largest automobile companies.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a statement noting that vehicles with Takata brand air bags in hot and humid regions should be investigated for a potential recall. At this stage the recalls are advisory in nature and the NHTSA is urging automakers to investigate and address the dangers.

According to a statement released by Takata on June 20, 2014, the company notes that all of the accidents that led to the NHTSA investigation occurred in hot and humid regions such as Florida and Puerto Rico. The company notes that it is possible that high levels of humidity may cause the inflators in airbags to malfunction.

Takatas airbags are nearly 20 percent of the market and is considered to be in the top three auto suppliers in the world. As of June 23, 2014, seven automakers have announced recalls, ncluding:

  • Toyota
  • Honda
  • Nissan
  • Mazda
  • Ford
  • Chrysler
  • BMW

It is not clear why there are so many deficiencies related to the Takata airbags. Regulators have been concerned about the reports of spontaneously deploying airbags, shrapnel in airbags and airbags that fail to deploy entirely.

What is clear is that there have been injuries and deaths associated with the defects in the Takata airbags. Takata is not a new company. Indeed, the company has been making airbags since 1988 and is considered to be a veteran of the industry. This summer is increasingly heating up to be the summer of continuing recalls. Only time will tell if this latest round of recalls accurately reflects all of the vehicles with defective Takata airbag components. 

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