In 2008, four thousand vehicles were recalled due to defective Takata airbags. Through yesterday, the total was 24 million from 22 manufacturers.
Now, another 35-40 million vehicles have been recalled due to defective “air bag inflators”.
The Takata recall now effects one of every four US vehicles. That's 25%..
What a great business! Too bad they couldn’t get it right.
Actually, it's much more than too bad. The New York Times reports that the Takata air bag has caused 11 deaths and over 100 injuries to date.
Now, due to delays caused by a parts shortage, some owners have been left to drive their vehicles knowing they may not be safe.
Here’s the issue, and what you need to do.
WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
Takata uses ammonium nitrate to propel the air bags open on impact. Ammonium nitrate, however, can degrade or become unstable over time, especially in humid climates. When this occurs, the airbags can explode unexpectedly, shooting metal shards outward into the vehicle’s cabin. After researching the issue, Takata added a drying agent to stabilize the ammonium nitrate. The recalls focus on airbags without the drying agent.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
First, visit www.safecar.gov. There you can enter your vehicle information to determine if your vehicle has any open recalls. This site will also allow you to sign up for Recall Alerts. If there are open recalls on your vehicle, please contact your dealer for the repairs. If your dealer is unable or unwilling to repair your vehicle, call us.
We at Rose Consumer Law are committed to keeping you informed. We want to be sure that you are protected. If your vehicle has been down for repairs for this or other defects contact us. We would be happy to review your case at no charge to determine what can be done to resolve your concerns.