Massive Air Bag Recall
July 9, 2015
Approximately 34 million vehicles are subject to a recall for defective airbags. The airbags, manufactured by Takata corporation, could potentially rupture when they deploy in an accident, sending metal fragments flying through the passenger compartment. Humidity increases the risk of the airbag exploding in this manner. 100 injuries and six deaths have been linked to them. Hondas are most affected by this recall, but ten other automakers are also impacted.
Takata had known of the problem since the early 2000s, when engineers raised concerns that the explosives that inflated the airbags were sensitive to temperature changes and humidity. The company had conducted tests on airbags in 2004 and found defects but did not report the results to regulators. As awareness of the problem increased, recalls of the affected vehicles went from 4,000 vehicles recalled by Honda in 2008 to the massive recall underway now.
By recalling the airbags, Takata hopes to avoid a fine from the NHTSA. The NHTSA had done multiple investigations of the airbags and had been the one to demand that recalls be expanded to nationwide recalls.
The NHTSA has set up a website for identifying if your car is affected by the recall by entering the Vehicle Identification Number. The Vehicle Identification Number is a 17 digit number on a plate on the top of the dashboard on the driver’s side, or on the door post of the driver’s side door. The NHTSA may not have the full list of affected VINs yet, and it may be wise to call your dealership to see if your car is recalled. If possible, you should ask for a rental until your airbag can be fixed, since the recall affects so many vehicles and it may take some time for enough replacements and repairs to be available.
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