As if it weren’t bad enough, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced plans to accelerate and further expand the Takata air bag inflator recall. We have written about Takata several times here in this blog space and the issues just don’t seem to end.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind discusses the latest Takata air bag inflator recall expansion during a May 4 press conference. Screen shot courtesy of NHTSA via YouTube.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind announced the recall of 35-40 million more frontal air bag inflators that use an ammonium nitrate-based propellant. The majority of the inflators included in this expansion are in front passenger-side air bags.
“A total of 28.8 million inflators have been previously recalled. The new expansion is set to take place in phases between now and the end of 2019,” according to NHTSA. “As a result, all Takata ammonium nitrate-based propellant frontal air bag inflators without a chemical drying agent, also known as a desiccant, will be recalled. That includes both driver-side and passenger-side frontal air bag inflators.”
Exploding Takata air bag inflators have been linked to 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries in the U.S., according to NHTSA. Unfortunately, that number is expected to rise as the recall information may get to some car owners too late.
“Today’s action is a significant step in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s aggressive oversight of Takata on behalf of drivers and passengers across America,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The acceleration of this recall is based on scientific evidence and will protect all Americans from air bag inflators that may become unsafe.”
“The science clearly shows that these inflators become unsafe over time, faster when exposed to humidity and variations of temperature,” Rosekind added. “This recall schedule ensures the inflators will be recalled and replaced before they become dangerous, giving vehicle owner’s sufficient time to have them replaced before they pose a danger to vehicle occupants. NHTSA will continue to evaluate all available research and will act quickly to protect safety.”
The Takata air bag inflator recall is the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history. NHTSA and the involved vehicle manufacturers have committed to seek a 100-percent recall completion rate. A total of 8.16 million air bags have been repaired already. Of those, 4.6 million are driver-side and 3.5 million are passenger-side.
If you receive notification that you have a faulty airbag and there is a remedy available, you should act immediately to have it replaced.
To see if your vehicle is included in the latest recall, check out this web site. As of this writing, the new recalls were not yet included here, but they should be very soon.
If you suspect you have been injured by a faulty product of any kind – whether it is an airbag, food, a child safety seat, or medication, contact Theodoros & Rooth immediately. With over 110 years of combined experience, we are equipped to aggressively help you at no charge until we reach a fair and just settlement or we win at trial.