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12 Million U.S. Vehicles Recalled Over Takata Air Bags

Emma D'Arpino6 months ago

CNBC reported on Friday that eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million U.S. vehicles due to defective Takata air bag inflators

About the U.S. Takata Recalls

After Takata declared 14 million inflators defective, Honda Motor responded by recalling 4.5 million U.S. vehicles and Fiat Chrysler by recalling 4.3 million U.S. vehicles.  Other automakers issuing a recall due to Takata inflators include, General Motors, Mazda Motor, Mitsubishi Motors, and Ferrari.    

Earlier in the month, Takata agreed to declare as many as an additional 40 million air bags defective by 2019.  The inflators were declared defective because they can explode with too much force, causing metal shrapnel to spray into vehicle passenger compartments.  

At least 13 deaths and over 100 injuries worldwide have been a result of the defective inflators.  The recalled vehicles include pickups, SUVs, and cars, all made between 2002 and 2011. 

Automakers worldwide had previously recalled about 50 million vehicles with Takata inflators, and the recall is expected to approach 70 million.  Due to the immense scale of the recall, automakers face challenges in obtaining enough replacement parts and getting owners to repair their cars. 

Additionally, Takata may face even more recalls due to an agreement Takata made with U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding phasing out chemical ammonium nitrate. 

In November, Takata agreed to pay a $70 million fine for safety violations.  Furthermore, Takata faces an ongoing criminal investigation, as well as class-action lawsuits and suits filed by the state of Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.    

Important Information About Vehicle Recalls

All information is provided by NHSTA

  • A recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards.
  • Once a recall has been issued, manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, or offering a refund (occasionally, the manufacturer will be required to repurchase the vehicle). 
  • A defect includes “any defect in performance, construction, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment.” 
  • Often, a safety defect is defined as a problem that exists in a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment that poses a risk to motor vehicle safety, and may exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture, or items of 
equipment of the same type and manufacture.
  • It is advised that when you receive a notification of a recall, you follow any interim safety guidance provided by the manufacturer and contact your local dealership.

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