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takata-faulty-airbag-national-recall-300x200On 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.

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takata-hid-airbag-defects-10-years-300x200Automotive airbag manufacturer Takata may have hidden knowledge of airbag defects for over a decade, becoming a fatal issue. In the past few months, 11 different automakers have more than 14 million vehicles in relation to airbag rupture risks. The risks mentioned are caused by the steel canisters in airbags cracking, which can lead to a rupture that throw metal fragments towards passengers and drivers when the device deploys. The recent recalls have been tied to 4 deaths. Takata stated in regulatory filings that it began testing airbags for this issue in November 2008, but former employees of Takata admit to being involved in tests on the same issue in 2004, which Takata never filed.

The steel canisters house a propellant compound commonly found in fertilizer that helps to inflate the airbag when it is triggered. Automakers have received complaints that total in 139 injuries regarding the airbag malfunction, 37 of which reported the airbags rupturing and spewing chemicals or metal fragments. Takata supplies approximately one fifth of all airbags on the global market, and automakers have come forward stating their concerns that Takata is at fault when it comes to their malfunctioning airbags.

Former Employees Come Forward

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airbag-300x199A national recall has been issued for 7.8 million vehicles containing defective models of Takata airbag inflators. The defective inflators cause the airbag to explode and in several instances send shrapnel into the passenger cabin. At least four deaths and dozens of injuries have been attributed to the faulty airbags, which have been in use in vehicle model years from 2000 to 2011.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging the following vehicle manufacturers to issue recall notices to owners whose vehicles are potentially affected by the defective airbags.

  • BMW
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