On Tuesday November 18, federal safety regulators asked automakers to recall any and all vehicles equipped with faulty Takata manufactured airbags. Urged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this recall expands past states and territories with high humidity to include any and all car owners who own a vehicle believed to have one of the Takata airbags that have been tested as faulty. The administration has yet to determine exactly which makes and models are affected, but says multiple automakers need to uphold responsibility to keep drivers safe.
Takata manufacturing has recently come under fire for faulty airbags that they neglected to report for more than four years. The airbags have been the cause of hundreds of injuries and multiple deaths over the past few years, causing federal safety administrations to take actions. The airbags in question spew metal fragments from propellant canisters when triggered, causing severe harm to some.
More than 14 million vehicles from 11 automakers have been recalled worldwide since 2008 in regards to Takata manufactured airbags. At this point, five deaths have been linked to the faulty airbags. In October, the federal safety regulators had urged car owners to have their vehicles inspected or fixed, only for car owners to discover that the parts they needed replaced were not available.
The nationwide recall for airbags comes after learning that moisture is not the only factor in determining whether or not the faulty airbags will explode. Previously, it was believed humid climates had an effect on the nature of the airbags, but a case in 2007 that occurred in North Carolina proved that high-humidity may have an affect on likelihood of the danger but isn’t the only determining factor.
At this point, automakers seem compliant to meet the agency’s request to recall any and all vehicles affected by Takata airbags. While the recent recall only covers driver’s side airbag, it is a step in the right direction towards ensuring all drivers are being looked out for when they are involved in an accident.