The recall of the Takata Airbag continues, with millions of cars affected by the defect. To check if your vehicle is affected, go to NHTSA’s website and enter your vehicle identification number. If your vehicle is recalled, you should contact the manufacturer and get a replacement airbag, or find out if it’s worth replacing the entire airbag. In the meantime, you can check on the NHTSA’s website to find out what your next step should be.
The company has admitted that it knew about the problems with its airbags, but continued to supply millions of them anyway. It’s unclear why the airbags were failing so often, but it is not a surprise that the company did not guarantee the replacement parts. Takata has said it’s trying to ramp up production to one million per month, and has been slow to disclose the full extent of the problems. However, the company will not guarantee replacement parts unless the defect is caused by its own negligence.
Another possible reason why Takata airbags are being recalled is that the chemical compound used to produce them is not stable. The chemical compound, ammonium nitrite, is highly unstable, causing airbags to rupture in warmer climates. The problem is especially acute in humid regions, such as Florida. The recall is the result of a court order from the U.S. government. Takata has agreed to let its competitors manufacture the replacement parts alongside it. However, this won’t help car owners who are not aware of the problem.
In the meantime, Toyota will install new non-Takata airbag inflators in certain vehicles. A spokesperson for the company says that the recall is being carried out a year ahead of schedule, because the automaker has new replacement parts. Mazda’s airbag recall will be expanded, too, and the company has pledged to provide zero-hassle replacement of Takata airbags. If you own a Takata airbag and think your car is affected, contact your car’s manufacturer immediately.
As of July 2013, Takata has recalled 42 million vehicles due to the defect in their airbag inflators. This recall affects hybrid and sedan models of the Honda Civic and Honda Platinum Rui. The company has also increased the production of replacement airbags. However, this recall will continue until a full-scale investigation is complete. Takata has been accused of hiding information and destroying evidence from the public, despite the fact that it was the only manufacturer to recall their airbags.
In a press release, the manufacturer of the Takata airbag has announced that nearly 34 million vehicles are recalled. This means that there is a higher chance that a Takata airbag will cause a crash. In addition to recalling cars, Takata also announced that it will begin recalling the driver’s side airbag in the 2001-2007 Honda Civic. The recall will also affect some Ford Range models and Mazda B-Series trucks.