The Takata company based in Japan makes airbags. For years there have been recalls of Takata airbags that have the potential to explode and injure or kill riders in vehicles.
So far hundreds have been injured and 9 killed. Takata has been hit with a record $70 million fine and 24 million vehicles have been recalled in three continents. Most of the recalled vehicles are Hondas. Last November, Honda announced it will no longer use the Takata airbags.
This week it got even worse. It appears there may be a 50/50 chance that a Takata airbag is in your car.
Recent reports from several news organizations, including NBC, seem to show that Takata knew about these airbag deficiencies for years. Takata allegedly manipulated and even deleted some of the damaging data, according to internal emails obtained by Senate investigators.
Takata officials basically say these emails have been taken out of context and the people who wrote them did not have the proper knowledge. Yet they have said that they are “sorry for all of this and the issues raised are inexcusable and will not be tolerated. “
As a result of this new information, there is a growing possibility that another more massive recall could happen. This recall would cover half of the vehicles on the roads today, according to the NBC report.
Certainly there are many more lawsuits ahead for Takata.
Our advice, if you haven’t received a recall notice regarding the airbag in your vehicle, it might be a good idea to be proactive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that people enter their Vehicle Identification Number at https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/.
The NHTSA has set up a website dedicated to the Takata recalls: http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html.
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