NHTSA Takata Recall Update
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued an update regarding the Takata exploding airbag recall. Thankfully, the pace of the recall completion has been accelerating. For the two-week period ending on December 4, 2015, over 950,000 vehicles have been fixed. The NHTSA has also appointed John D. Buretta to serve as an independent monitor during the Takata recalls. He will be overseeing the coordination of Takata’s remedy program and their compliance with consent orders.
Exploding Takata Airbags
The NHTSA has recently announced the eighth fatality in the U.S. and the ninth worldwide caused by a defective exploding Takata airbag. Although the manufacturer hasn’t confirmed the death, the vehicle involved was a model year 2001 that was located in a high absolute humidity (HAH) region. In this particular case, the driver airbag ruptured. The airbags in question involve faulty and defective inflators. The inflators explode and send shrapnel directly into the head, facial neck and chest regions of the driver or passenger.
Expanding Takata Recalls
At this time, three automakers have expanded and revised their Takata airbag inflator recalls. They’re including more model years, or additional vehicles and inflators from model years affected by existing recalls. These additional recalls are due to recent ballistic testing conducted by Takata. If your vehicle wasn’t on the original recall list, it could be on the expanded list.
Additional Vehicles Being Recalled
- 2005-2008 Mazda Mazda6
- 2002-2004 Honda CR-V
- 2005-2008 Subaru Legacy and Outback
Faulty and Defective Auto Parts
Automakers and auto part manufacturers have a duty to provide safe and functional products to consumers. If and when those products fail, they also have a duty to let consumers know and make sure they can get the problem remedied swiftly. Since it can take months or years for a recall to be initiated, it’s important to take your concerns to the manufacturer and the NHTSA as soon as possible if you suspect a defective auto part caused your accident.