It appears that the Toyota Takata Airbag recall has been extended over into the U.S. to include nearly 490,000 vehicles worldwide. These include models that originate from China, Europe, Mexico, South America, and Japan. There is a Takata airbag recall affected by a variety of variants from the Audi A4 and A6 cars. These cars have airbags for the passenger side. You can find out if your vehicle is in the affected category simply by entering its VIN on the website of NHTSA.
There are numerous reasons the Takata airbags have been recalled. The most important reason is that the propellant chemical that is used to inflate their inflators might not be sufficient to stop explosive incidents. The airbags that are defective could break in humid and hot conditions. When the airbag fails to seal the metal shrapnel is released from the inflator , and then into the vehicle’s cabin leading to injuries and deaths. This Takata recall on airbags resulted in the replacement of more than 50 million inflatables.
To alleviate the shortages and return to production of airbags for replacement, Takata has expanded its capacity for production. It is planning to manufacture an average of 900,000 airbags replacement per month in September. The company’s Mexican manufacturing facility has increased its capacity from 300000 to 450,000 units per month. The increase has led to a number of reports of fatal injuries and deaths. Although the NHTSA claims that the recall for airbags could take months, Takata has promised to repair the defective units without cost to the consumer.
Although there isn’t a definitive reason to believe that Takata airbags are defective This recall is the biggest recall of consumer safety ever. In the meantime, Toyota, Honda, and Volkswagen/Land Rover have also recalled Takata airbags. Other car makers are confirming that they making use of Takata airbags and are working on finding other suppliers. But, Takata will not ensure the replacement of parts would be in stock in the near future.
Inflators utilized for by Takata are made of ammonium nitrate. This compound is a dangerous chemical with a myriad of negative adverse effects. The propellant can cause airbags to explode if exposed to extreme temperatures or humidity. It could be beneficial to switch to guanidine nitrate when you’re looking for an airbag replacement. It may be beneficial to get a new vehicle in the event that you’re looking to replace an older model.
Another death tragically occurred connected to the Takata airbag. This time it was a young woman who was 22 years old. She died in a crash with a car on April 5 following the Takata airbag failed to seal. The car of the woman’s Honda Civic was recalled on April 6, but it hadn’t yet been fixed. This is the third fatality attributed to the Takata airbag that was found in Malaysia in the last year.
The auto sector has been bombarded by stories about Takata’s hazardous products in recent times. This is why the manufacturer of automotive parts Takata has contracted TRW to supply replacement airbags. Takata has been providing new airbags for the market for more than 10 years. But, a top FCA executive recently claimed that FCA is certain that it will not have the recall of any one of its vehicles due to the Takata recalls.