Many auto manufacturing companies have announced defects and recalls as a result of Takata airbags. Millions of Takata airbag brands have been labeled dangerous due to the potential for rupture during a crash, and unfortunately as many as 16 deaths have been caused by the Takata airbags.
Recently, Honda has announced certain vehicles from 2001 through 2003 were equipped with “Alpha” inflators.
Honda has posted on their website saying, “these “Alpha,” inflators are a critical issue because, in June 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that “Alpha” inflators had demonstrated a rupture rate as high as 50 percent in testing. This rupture rate represents an alarming risk of injury or death for drivers of vehicles with the original “Alpha” Takata inflators – so-called because they are found in the first vehicles to be equipped with Takata inflators containing the non-desiccated propellant ammonium nitrate.”
Tragically, Honda has confirmed ten deaths due to ruptures of Takata airbag inflators in the United States, and all but two of these involved “Alpha” inflators. Potentially more troubling is that these recalls have been reported as higher risk in areas of high humidity and heat – something we are not shy to here in Dallas.
A list of the specific 2001-2003 models that may be equipped with recalled Takata PSDI “Alpha” driver airbag inflators can be found here.
Other affected Automakers: BMW, Chrystler, Mazda, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Jaguar, Ford, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, G.M. and Ferrari.
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