October 21, 2014
Defective Takata airbags are currently at the center of public scrutiny, as reports have recently surfaced that these defective airbags have killed at least 4 people and injured at least 137 others in the U.S. As U.S. regulators attempt to dial in the scope of the fatalities and injuries caused by these defective Takata airbags, vehicle owners are now being strongly urged to find out whether their vehicles have been included in the massive recall being overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
For people who do own impacted vehicles, the NHTSA is strongly encouraging them to get the defective Takata airbags replaced ASAP and, prior to doing so, not let anyone ride in the passenger seats of these vehicles.
Why the Defective Takata Airbags Are So Dangerous…
At this point, here’s what U.S. regulators know about the defective Takata airbags:
- The defects associated with these airbags substantially increase the risk that the airbags will explode when they are deployed in an accident.
- Whether or not the airbags end up exploding, they may also end up expelling small pieces of metal at high speeds. Some have described this defect as being similar to shrapnel, with the related wounds being likened to stabbing injuries.
- Heat and humidity can increase the risks of these defects.
What may be just as distressing as the serious and deadly nature of the defective Takata airbags is the fact that Takata, a Japanese auto supplier, reportedly has been aware of these issues for some time and, yet, has not taken any action to remove these defective airbags from the marketplace.
Here’s What You Should Do…
Currently, more than 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S. have been affected by the recall for the defective Takata airbags. While more vehicles may be added the NHTSA’s comprehensive recall list, vehicle owners can check to see if their vehicle may have one of these defective airbags by using this NHTSA search tool, which allows people to check the recalls possibly associated with their vehicles by the VIN numbers.
If you end up discovering that your vehicle has one of these defective Takata airbags, do you best to get these airbags replaced ASAP to avoid putting yourself and your passengers at risk of sustaining serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.
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