03 Sep Only 17% of Defective Takata Airbags Have Been Fixed Since Nov. 2014, NHTSA Reports
About 23.4 million defective Takata airbags have been installed in vehicles within the U.S. To date, however, only about 4.4 million of these dangerous airbags have been replaced or fixed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced days ago.
Given that the national Takata airbag recall was announced by the NHTSA back in November 2014, the fact that less than 1 in every 5 of these defective airbags has been fixed about nine months later is generating concern among regulators and others.
This seems to have been the driving force triggering NHTSA officials to schedule a public meeting this fall to review the current recall protocols and, likely, develop some better procedures for carrying out this massive recall moving forward.
Speaking about this meeting NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has stated, “one possible outcome [of the fall meeting] will be an order to automakers and suppliers that would provide a framework to address [the vehicles with] the greatest risks.”
4 Facts to Know about the Takata Airbag Recall
As the fall meeting looms in the near future, below are some important facts to know about this airbag recall:
- The recall was issued due to the defective inflators contained within the airbags – These deflators have a significant risk of rupturing, which can result in shrapnel-like metal pieces being explosively propelled out of airbags towards those in vehicles.
- The Takata airbag recall impacts vehicles from 11 different automakers – And the impacted vehicles span a range of years. For a complete list of the vehicles affected by this recall, click here.
- This is one of the biggest auto parts recalls in U.S. history – This fact may explain why Takata is having such a difficult time carrying it out. Nevertheless, given the fact that the defective airbags have already killed 8 people and have hurt at least 100 others, getting these dangerous airbags out of circulation should be a top concern for Takata (and automakers), as regulators have pointed out.
- Humidity is among the known risk factors for Takata airbag malfunctions – Although investigators are still unclear just why exactly these airbag inflators are rupturing, they have identified a few contributing factors. One is humidity, as more humid climates seem to increase the risk of ruptures. Others include the design of a vehicle and the age of the inflators.
As more news about this recall – and the outcome of the upcoming fall meeting regarding this recall – becomes available, we’ll bring you the latest updates here in our blog. Until then, post your opinions about this recall on our Facebook & Google+ pages.
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