The Takata Air Bag Recall
Takata has just about become as common of a name as the manufactures to which they supply airbags, unfortunately for a very grim reason. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has mandated the recall of nearly 14.2 million automobiles due to their unsafe Takata airbags.
The Takata airbags have a manufacture defect, which could potentially cause the air bag to explode in such a way as to project pieces of metal into the passenger compartment. There have been several deaths linked to this recall including a man from the Spring, TX area just a couple weeks ago.
Nissan released a comment explaining the situation, “the propellant could potentially deteriorate over time due to environmental factors [due to many years in high humidity conditions], which could lead to over-aggressive combustion in the event of an air bag deployment. This could create excessive internal pressure within the inflator and could cause the inflator housing to rupture.”
The vehicle manufactures involved (list enclosed below) are asking those who live in high humidity areas to go as soon as possible to have the recall repaired at their nearest service center. If you have not received a letter, you can check to see if there is an active recall on your vehicle at safercar.gov or call your local automotive care facility as they usually have the capabilities to look up recalls for you.
There is speculation that both Takata and Honda new of the dangers associated with the problems airbags. There are rumors of Takata knowing of these problems since as early as 2004.
Manufactures Affect By Recall
Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.
Do not confuse this recall on the electronic air-bag control modules made by TRW, another major supplier for automakers. The modules, which were causing air bags to deploy spontaneously, are being recalled again just this past weekend, as the first recall did not correct the problem. This recall affects more than 2.1 million vehicles from the brands; Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota.