Safety Hazard: The Takata Airbag Recall

January 25, 2016

 

Takata is a company that has manufactured airbags for some of the top-brand auto manufacturers in the U.S. for many years.  It’s been recently exposed that Takata’s airbags are faulty, spewing out metal shards upon impact, seriously injuring some and killing a few others.

 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has urged an immediate recall of all cars affected by defective Takata airbags, which includes owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi and General Motors vehicles. 

 Many Americans do a poor job having a part that’s been recalled replaced. Statistics show a staggering amount of cars with recalls going unfixed.

 “Our data suggests there are 37 million cars in operation, being driven or up for sale, that have an unfixed recall,” said Chris Basso, media relations manager for Carfax. “That equates to one in every six cars in the United States having an unfixed recall. So, the problem America has with recalls isn’t the number of cars being recalled, it’s the number of recalled cars getting fixed.”

 With the Takata airbag incident affecting 11 million vehicles (and counting), it leaves an alarming amount of cars potentially skipping out on recalls that need to be fixed.

 “If history holds true, about 30 percent of those cars [in the Takata airbag recall] won’t get fixed,” Basso said. “So, you’re talking about two and a half to three million cars at minimum that will still be out there with these potentially dangerous airbags.”

 To see if your car is affected by the Takata airbag recall go to www.safercar.gov.

  If there’s an open recall on your car, don’t risk the safety of yourself, your passengers or other motorists. Call your local dealership and have it fixed.

  The above was written by Amanda Bowman and was published in GoDrive Magazine Winter 2015