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Consumers Are Still Waiting for Takata Air Bag Fix

Mario Rosales1 year ago

Auto manufacturers are experiencing a huge parts backlog as they attempt to respond to the recall of more than 32 million vehicles equipped with faulty Takata air bags.

Automakers Struggle to Repair Defective Takata Air Bags

According to KHA6 News, Honda is one of several companies to have issued voluntary recalls due to malfunctioning air bags that can rupture upon deployment and eject sharp metal shrapnel through vehicle cabins. The company originally announced that consumers can bring their vehicles for air bag re-calibration, but the manufacturer of the parts are facing a severe backlog and are unable to supply the parts.

Toyota, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, General Motors, Ford, Mitsubishi and Subaru vehicles have also been equipped with the defective air bags manufactured by Japanese manufacturer Takata.

Media outlets are reporting that some consumers have been awaiting replacement parts for months. Currently there is no estimated time of resolution for the parts deficit.

Exploding Air Bags Result in 8 Deaths, 100 Injuries

According to the Reuters, eight deaths have been linked to the defective air bags. Honda has confirmed that all eight deaths have been linked to Honda vehicles.

A New York Times report in September found a total of at least 139 reported injury’s across all the major car manufacturers.

The matter of the exploding air bags became more complex when one of the deaths was linked to an accident involving a rental car. Before last month, rental agencies are under no legal obligation to follow vehicle recalls or have the vehicles repaired.

An amendment in the transportation renewal bill introduced by the Senate commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in July has closed that loophole.


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