Takata announced it was expanding its airbag recall to include up to 40 million air bag inflators. The specific makes and models are not immediately known but will be made available from various sources including the NHTSA's website. The original airbag recall including a total of twelve vehicle manufacturers. Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen were added to the list in January and it is expected that Fisker, Tesla, and Jaguar-Land Rover.
Are You At Risk for An Airbag Malfunction?
To date, 11 people have died due to defective airbags and another 100 have been injured. This recall will add a substantial number of inflators that must be replaced. The original recall including almost 29 million vehicles; however, only 28 percent of the vehicles have been fixed since the original recall more than two years ago. The expanded recall is expected to be phased in beginning now and running through December 2019. People who own older vehicles and/or live in an area with high humidity and heat will be given priority due to the greater potential for degradation.
Why Are The Airbags Being Recalled?
To create the explosion that inflates the airbag, Takata uses ammonium nitrate; however, the chemical can degrade when exposed to high heat and humidity. The result is the chemical burns too fast bursting the medical container resulting in shrapnel being expelled with the airbag. Lawmakers and others claim the recall is moving much too slowly.
Sen. Bill Nelson, a democrat representing Florida, said, "The top priority must be doing whatever is necessary to get these potentially deadly air bags out of people's cars as quickly as possible. If we wait another three or four years for these to get replaced, more people are likely to die."
For more information about the Takata airbag recall, you can visit the NHTSA's website. Car and Driver has detailed information about the recall on its website as well. For the most current information, visit the Takata Airbag Recall website.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured By A Defective Product?
If you are injured by a defective product of any type, including recalled Takata airbags, seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Your health is your top priority. After you have received medical attention, keep all of the parts, pieces, instructions, original packaging, and anything else related to the defective product and contact a product recall attorney at Handler Henning & Rosenberg.
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