Takata Airbag Recall Could Expand
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Oct 27, 2015 in Defective Products
With eight fatalities and 100 injuries so far due to exploding air bags, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could increase the biggest vehicle recall America has yet experienced. Installed in certain vehicle makes and models, Takata air bags are dangerous because they can violently erupt and cause serious injuries or even death.
What vehicles are at risk?
While the root problem is still unknown, the problem seems to affect vehicles used in humid climates for a minimum of five years. General Motors recently announced that it will recall 400 more vehicles that have faulty installed air bags including: the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro, Malibu and Equinox, Cadillac XTS, Buick LaCrosse and the GMC Terrain. Earlier, recalls were announced by Toyota, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Mazda, Honda and Daimler.
How many vehicles have been recalled?
Due to the unstable Takata air bags and the dangers posed to consumers, 23.4 million vehicles have been included in the Takata air bag recall so far. Fourteen million recalled vehicles are from Mazda, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, Ford and Honda.
What causes the airbags to explode?
A probe is still underway as the investigation continues to determine the cause. After recent accidents in GM and Volkswagen side air bag inflators, side air bags are under scrutiny as well as front passenger air bags.
Additional Takata Scandal Information
Replacement air bag inflators and the harnesses needed to mount the devices are being produced at an approximate rate of 2.8 million units a month. Different air bag manufacturers are assisting Takata in producing 70 percent of the parts so that the repairs can be made more quickly.
Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may employ an independent adviser to preside over Takata air bag fixes. In an informational hearing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that 450 of the 115,000 recalled Takata inflators blew up in laboratory tests.
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