Takata Airbag Recall
Takata Corporation, a Japanese airbag manufacturer, is believed to have sold bad airbags to at least 11 different automakers dating as far as 2001. The airbags can rupture and propel bits of metal at drivers and front-seat passengers. The first reported airbag shrapnel deployment occurred in 2004. Despite this airbag defect knowledge, Takata did not issue a recall until 2008.
Ways in which Takata airbags can become deadly:
- In humid climates, moisture can enter the airbag inflator and destabilize the chemicals that make the airbag deploy.
- An unstable propellant can explode even in a minor accident or when a driver even hits a pothole where the force of impact is low and deployment is unexpected.
- Airbags inflating too forcefully
Many people have endured injury, blindness, or died when the airbags sprayed metal or plastic shrapnel. In October 2014, the government added 4.74 million U.S.-market vehicles sold by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors to the Takata airbag recall list. As of May 20, 2015, over 30 million vehicles from 11 automotive manufacturers are being recalled for the defective airbags. You can see the full list of recalled cars here.
They have linked the Takata airbag defect to at least 6 deaths and over 120 injuries, beginning as long ago as 2001.
American Takata recalls have focused on cars sold or registered in states and territories with high humidity and temperatures;However , deaths linked to exploding airbags have occurred in non-humid states. It is likely that thousands of affected vehicles relocated outside of the state that issued the recall.
How the Takata defective airbag recall catastrophe came about:
- Takata developed a new airbag to make airbags more compact and to reduce toxic fumes. Explosives used in fertilizer inflate these new airbags located in a metal canister.
- In 2004, the first documented Takata airbag explosion occurred in a Honda Accord in Alabama, shooting out metal fragments and injuring the car’s driver.
- After more drivers reported airbag explosions to Honda, it began confidentially settling claims with people injured by the airbags.
- Honda issued a safety recall in late 2008, but for only a small portion of its vehicles equipped with these defective airbags.
- Only after even more Takata airbag ruptures, some deadly, did Honda recall 510,000 more vehicles. But that was only the beginning. Each year since the first small recall in 2008, Honda has increased its recalled vehicles both in number and in model.
- Ultimately, nine automakers issued recalls for over 6 million vehicles across the car spectrum.
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