The Takata Airbag Recall is the largest automotive recall in history
There have been many safety concerns after the Takata Airbags were recalled. According to the company, its airbags contained a chemical compound that causes inflators inflate. This is particularly problematic in warmer climates. The U.S. government ordered a recall and fined $70 million for these airbags. If the company violates a contract with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it will be subject to a $130m penalty.
The recall was extended to include more vehicles and affected 53 million vehicles worldwide. It has been the most significant automotive recall in America. Airbags are dangerous components that can explode and release metal fragments into passenger compartments, causing serious injuries to occupants. Takata issued a recall on nearly 34 million vehicles. Takata is recalling airbags on Toyota, Ford and Mazda vehicles.
Takata’s airbag recall is the biggest automotive recall in history. This recall involves 19 automakers, and millions of vehicles. If the airbags fail to withstand high temperatures and humidity, they can lead to serious injuries or even death. Takata is replacing more than 50 million vehicles with desiccant replacements to reduce the chance of an airbag burst. These new airbags can withstand high temperatures and humidity in hot and humid climates.
Although the recall is in progress, there is no official recall date. The company has however updated the list of affected cars. Customers are still encouraged to visit the NHTSA website, and contact their car makers. The NHTSA website has information on the recall and steps to help consumers. Takata also recalls tens of thousands vehicles around the world. Takata claims the problem is only in hot and humid areas.
Mazda and Toyota expanded their Takata airbag recalls for select vehicles in addition to the recall. Although neither company has provided a timeframe for replacement airbags yet, a Toyota spokeswoman said that they have replacement parts in place. Among the automakers that are involved in the recall are Honda, Mazda, Toyota and Mazda. Takata states that it intends to keep its lead in the industry of airbags until there is enough demand.
Another death was linked to Takata’s defective airbag as of April 5. After being struck by an SUV, the driver of a 2005 Honda Civic was killed. Reuters also reported that at most 400,000 replacement airbag inflation pumps are required. To notify owners, carmakers added vehicle identification numbers on their websites. There will be a delay of several months for a recall. Consumers should consult their car manufacturer before making any decision.
High-risk Honda and Acura cars have been identified by the NHTSA due to their higher risk of airbag rupture during deployment. The airbag burst, smashing the passenger side window and sending high temperature fragments into the dashboard. The Takata airbag caused the fire, despite minor injuries to the driver. The defective Takata airbags that were found in Japan caused the fire.