The recall on Takata airbags has increased to include almost 34 million vehicles in the U.S., with the company having declared a large number of vehicles defective. Specifically, the airbags in the driver’s side of certain Toyota models and some Pontiac Vibe and Honda Accord models are affected. However, the issue goes beyond the United States. The recall extends to vehicles worldwide, and the number of affected vehicles has grown to 67 million. As such, it is essential that car owners take the necessary precautions.
The latest recall will expand the company’s efforts to educate consumers about the problems with Takata airbags, and will feature large-scale regional advertising campaigns. The campaign will feature red “Urgent Airbag Recall Notice” banner ads on the company’s website and will target high-humidity regions. Furthermore, the company will run a direct-mail campaign targeting 85 percent of the U.S. market.
The Takata airbag recall is currently affecting millions of vehicles in the United States, including several million Ford Rangers and a recent crash involving a Honda car. Despite the recall’s widespread impact, the company has not yet ceased production of affected vehicles. As a result, many car owners will have to wait two years or longer before they’ll be notified if their airbags are defective.
As a result of the recall, the Takata Airbag is responsible for at least nine deaths. Since the recall began, Takata engineers have been researching a solution to the problem. However, despite the many problems with the inflators, executives have ordered the engineers to destroy any evidence they gathered on the failure of their products. Ultimately, this was done to prevent the company from further damaging the lives of consumers.
The Takata Airbag recall was initially issued in 2013 and has since expanded to cover another eleven million vehicles. The defective airbag inflators are now causing dozens of deaths and serious injuries. The NHTSA has given Takata until 2019 to prove that all unrecalled airbag inflators are safe to use. The recall is the largest in the automotive industry’s history, and has been deemed the largest ever.
The recall was triggered by a problem with the inflators in the driver’s side of Takata airbags. The inflators are not sealed properly, allowing them to rupture in a crash, but under-inflated airbags don’t fully protect the driver. Instead, they spray plastic and metal shrapnel, which can cause injuries to the driver and passengers. If this happens, the car owner will not receive the necessary treatment in time.
The recall has spread to Honda, which will now add 21 million vehicles to the overall count. The total number of affected vehicles is 51 million, and it is unclear how many of these cars are in the United States. In the meantime, the manufacturer of the airbags has been forced to stop selling the cars and replace the inflators. The New York Times cites Honda vice president Tetsuo Iwamura as saying that the company has been notified of the defect but is still unsure about the exact number.