Takata Failed to Alert Regulators to 2003 Air Bag Rupture
Report States Takata Failed to Alert Regulators to 2003 Air Bag Rupture
Is my car potentially affected by the Takata airbag recall?
New information has emerged concerning the Takata airbag recall. Japanese company Takata Corp has admitted that it failed to inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of a 2003 rupture of one of its inflators in Switzerland. This information was contained within internal reports released in conjunction with the massive defective airbag recall. So far, about 100 million Takata airbag inflators have been recalled worldwide. Nearly 70 million of them are in the United States. At least 14 deaths and more than 100 injuries are linked to this unprecedented recall.
Takata is attempting to shift most of the blame for the defective inflators to its United States branch. The company has stated that its U.S. arm was largely responsible for the design, testing, and production of the defective airbag inflators. Internal reports indicate that an inflator ruptured back in 2003 in Switzerland. News of the incident was not made public because Takata believed the rupture was the result of the inflator being overloaded. The company made production changes that it believed would correct the problem in 2003, but as we now know serious problems still existed.
What You Should Know About the Takata Airbag Recall
You have likely heard of the Takata airbag recall, but you may not have considered how the recall could affect you and your vehicle. In sum, about 70 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States, with the recall continuing to expand even up until recent months. The recall extends to 14 different automakers, including, among others:
It is imperative that all drivers investigate whether their vehicle is part of the airbag recall. Vehicle owners who have kept their information updated with their vehicle manufacturer should receive notice in the mail. Others should go onto their automobile maker's website and enter their VIN to check for active recalls. Contact your dealership if you have any questions or are unsure about whether the recall includes your car.
Defective Takata airbags are considered extremely dangerous. The inflators found within affected models pose an explosion threat. As the airbags age and are exposed to moisture and heat, especially in the Southern states, they could explode and send shrapnel pummeling into occupants of the passenger motor vehicle.
If your car is included in the recall, contact your dealership right away to schedule a prompt repair. Do not delay in getting the problem fixed because it could result in serious injury or even death. Your car manufacturer should schedule a free repair for your vehicle and may provide you with a rental vehicle while the repair is pending.
It is important that consumers recognize that automakers are still releasing vehicles with Takata inflators. These inflators have been altered to include a moisture absorber that is intended to prevent airbags from becoming unstable and exploding. The airbags still contain ammonium nitrate, however, which the government has called on automakers to stop using by the year 2018. This leaves the potential for future recalls involving even the altered Takata airbags. While no injuries have been linked to the new inflators, time will tell whether alterations have truly eliminated the problem.
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