Did you know there have been 5 deaths due to improper explosion of airbags? This has spurred the largest nationwide recall affecting 1 in 7 vehicles currently on the road. The US Transportation Department, Secretary Anthony Foxx stated: “The recall will save lives!”
Japanese manufacturer, Takata is responsible for supplying the faulty airbags. There are potentially 34 million vehicles equipped with Takata Airbags making it the largest auto recall in history.
Why is your airbag being recalled? Airbags have a metal pellet inflator inside that receives an electric current when there is a crash and sends out gas to inflate the bag in milliseconds. The metal pellet in the faulty Takata airbags has exploded sending shrapnel into the driver or passenger’s face. This creates enough force to resemble the appearance of a victim being shot or stabbed.
For the last several months, Takata has tried to limit the recall as they claim the vehicles with the airbag issue are a result of high humidity areas. However, the US Government has already sent Takata over $1 million in fines and not satisfied with their response which has caused the major recall.
How do you know if your car is on the list? Currently the following manufacturers may have recalls:
However, you will want to check your vehicle’s VIN on safercars.gov to be sure there is a recall on your car.