Defective Takata Airbags Spark Recall for 7.8 Million Vehicles in the U.S.
October 22, 2014
Nearly 8 million vehicles in the U.S. are now the focus of a massive nationwide recall due to the defective Takata airbags they contain. As regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) scramble to get the word out about the serious dangers associated with the defective Takata airbags, consumers are being strongly urged to:
- Check if their vehicle(s) has been affected by this recall.
- Respond to the recall and get the defective Takata airbags fixed/replaced as soon as possible.
- Not allow anyone to sit in the passenger seat of their vehicles until this repair has been made.
Defective Takata Airbags: The Problem and Dangers
According to the mounting reports regarding these defective Takata airbags, the nature of the problem with them is that, upon deployment in car accidents, there is a significant risk that these airbags will explode and/or send small bits of metal hurling towards the people in vehicles; in fact, some have described this as being similar to shrapnel being expelled from the defective Takata airbags.
To date, U.S. regulators have received the following associated with these defective airbags:
- 4 reports of deaths caused by the defective Takata airbags
- More than 137 reports of injuries caused by these airbags
- More than 35 reports of these defective Takata airbags exploding.
According to NHTSA officials, the problems with the defective Takata airbags are exacerbated by the heat and humidity, making it especially urgent for the owners of these vehicles who live in the following areas to take immediate action to repair the defective Takata airbags:
- Puerto Rico
- Limited regions near the Gulf of Mexico (in Teas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi).
Vehicles Affected by the Recall
While the deaths caused by the defective Takata airbags are the most tragic aspect of this recall, what is also unfortunate is how many vehicles have been impacted by these defective airbags and this recall. Specifically, the following makes of vehicles have been affected:
- General Motors
Although you should receive a mailed recall notice if your vehicle has been affected by this recall, you can also check your vehicle (by its VIN) number, using a special tool developed by the NHTSA (click here to access it).
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