AAA: 15 Million Vehicles Still Traveling with Unrepaired Takata Airbags
UNITED STATES – According to an online news report posted at greenwichfreepress.com, AAA is warning that 15 million vehicles in the United States are still traveling with unrepaired Takata airbags. This is four years after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall of the airbags due to the risk of serious injury and death from sudden airbag explosions.*
NHTSA initiated the nationwide recall of Takata airbags because they contain a chemical that can degrade over time, particularly in hot, humid environments. The degradation can lead to a rupture of the airbag inflator, which can in turn shoot metal shrapnel into the vehicle. Numerous reports of injury and death have been documented related to the airbag issue, including six people tragically killed in the United States and 250 people injured.
The recall includes more than 150 models of vehicles from 19 vehicle manufacturers. AAA reports that while 40 million defective airbags have been replaced or repaired, about 17 million are still outstanding. This represents about one-third of the total airbags recalled.
“It’s problematic that there are still nearly 17 million defective airbags in more than 15 million vehicles on our roadways,” said AAA Northeast spokesperson Fran Mayko. “We encourage vehicle owners to take this recall seriously because there’s absolutely no sense in losing lives to a defect that can be fixed for free.”
Owners can determine whether their vehicles are subject to the recall — or any other type of vehicle recall in the country — by going to the NHTSA website and entering their VINs. The 17-character identification number can be found on the lower driver’s side dash or on vehicle ownership/registration documents.
Dealerships are still offering free repairs to all affected owners, and owners may contact their local dealerships to arrange for repairs or ask for additional information about the repairs process.
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Sources: http://nhtsa.gov/recalls and https://greenwichfreepress.com/news/business/check-your-airbag-now-15-million-ticking-bombs-still-travel-nations-roadways-126675/
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