Takata Airbag Recall
On December 2nd, 2014, Takata, the Japanese airbag maker, refused to comply with a federal demand that it expand the airbag recall beyond several Southern states. Takata’s position is that the recall should be limited to states in the country which have consistent high heat and humidity. Takata admitted that they still do not know what is causing their airbags to malfunction resulting in hurling metal shards into drivers and passengers. Takata is currently defending itself by stating that it only occurs in humid climates such as Florida and Puerto Rico. On December 3, 2014, Honda announced expansion of its Takata airbag recall to all 50 states. This will result in the recall of several million automobiles.
What is occurring is the following: When an auto is in a front-end significant accident, sensors will ignite a solid wafer of chemical propellant inside the metal airbag inflation canister. A chemical reaction creates a gas that inflates the airbag within milliseconds, popping it from the steering wheel or dashboard.
The problem is if the propellant burns faster than it is supposed to. It will then produce more gas than the vents in the airbag can handle and the metal canister can break into fragments, that break through the airbag and hit the driver or occupants / passengers. There have been at least 140 reported injuries.
Documentation shows that Honda knew about the problem as far back as 2004, but failed to notify NHTSA in a timely manner. There is further evidence that Takata knew of the problem since 2005 and ordered secret testing to verify the existence of the problem. Takata never notified either the federal government, the automobile manufacturers or the public of the metal fragments ripping through the airbag and forcibly impacting the faces of drivers and passengers.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA) enforces vehicle safety throughout the United States. NHTSA earlier notified the airbag manufacturer Takata, that it wants 7.8 million Takata airbags recalled in various cars, trucks and SUVs as listed below. The airbag recall affects vehicles produced in 2008 and before.
Several rounds of recalls have occurred. These are known as rolling recalls. Takata said it would begin replacing defective passenger side inflation devices, beginning on October 25, 2014. Many of these defective airbags were manufactured in Takata’s Mexico plant, and that the defect rate from the plant was 6-8 times above acceptable limits.
List Of Cars With Recalled Takata Airbags
Acura: 2002-2003 CLNTL, 2003-2006 MDX, 2005 RL;
BMW: 2000-2005 3 series sedan and wagon, 2000-2006 3 series coupe and convertible; 2001-2006 M3 coupe and convertible;
Chrysler: 2005-2008 Chrysler 300, 2007-2008 Aspen;
Dodge: 2003-2008 Dodge Ram, 2005-2008 Dodge Ram 2500, Dakota, Durango, 2006-2008 Ram;
Ford: 2004 Ranger, 2005-2006 GT, 2005-2007 Mustang;
Honda: 2001-2007 Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2002-2006 CR-V, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2011 Element, 2003-2007 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline;
Infiniti: 2001-2004 Infiniti I30 – I35, 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4, 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35 – FX45, 2006 Infiniti M35 – M45;
Lexus: 2002-2005 SC430;
Mazda: 2003-2007 Mazda 6, 2006-2007 Mazda Speed 6, 2004-2008 Mazda RX-8, 2004-2005 MPV, 2004 B series;
Mitsubishi: 2004-2005 Lancer, 2006-2007 Raider;
Nissan: 2001-2003 Maxima, 2001-2004 Pathfinder, 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra;
Pontiac: 2003-2005 Vibe;
Saab: 2005 9-2X
Subaru: 2003-2005 Baja Legacy Outback Imprezza Imprezza WRX Imprezza WRXSTI;
Toyota: 2002-2005 Corolla, Sequoia, 2003-2005 Matrix, Tundra.
Do I Have A Recalled Airbag Claim?
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