The national Takata airbag recall issued in November 2014 has only resulted in about 17 percent of impacted vehicles being fixed to date, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced weeks ago.
According to the latest reports, about 23.4 million defective Takaka airbag inflators have been installed in vehicles operated in the U.S. (with estimates for international numbers being about 34 million). Only about 4.4 million of these defective inflators have been repaired so far, leaving about 19 million still vulnerable to potential malfunctions.
The slow rate at which these inflators are being fixed has led NHTSA regulators to plan a meeting this fall, during which officials will meet with Takata to develop a better plan for getting the necessary fixes made ASAP. One of the biggest concerns, regulators say, is the fact that many defective inflators remain in humid regions of the U.S. Humidity is a known contributor to inflator malfunctions.
What You Should Know about the Takata Airbag Recall
As officials work to make the implementation of this recall more effective, here is what you should know about this recall:
- The exact causes of the inflator malfunction are still unknown – While humidity is a known risk factor, researchers are still investigating just what specifically causes the inflators to rupture and hurl shrapnel-like metal fragments at vehicle occupants.
- To date, 8 people have been killed by inflator malfunctions – There have also many reports of people being injured by these ruptures. According to Takata, however, as of June 2015, it was only aware of 88 reports of airbag ruptures.
- Impacted airbags can be on the driver and/or passenger sides – While the majority of the faulty inflators are reportedly in driver-side airbags, passenger-side airbags can also be affected. The NHTSA recommends that motorists who have faulty inflators in driver-side airbags do NOT operate their vehicles until the necessary repairs have been made.
- Here’s how to find out if your vehicle is affected – For drivers who are still unaware if their vehicles have been subject to this recall, they see a full list of the affected vehicles here.
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