Even More Vehicles Added to Takata Air Bag Recall
UNITED STATES – According to an online story published at citizentruth.org, even more vehicles have been added to the Takata air bag recall in the United States. Carmaker Ford recently announced 953,000 vehicles added to the recall, and Toyota has now announced another 1.7 million vehicles that it is adding to the recall.*
Today, the Takata air bag recall likely affects around 350 million vehicles in the world. The air bags use ammonium nitrate to inflate. A canister containing ammonium nitrate is designed to produce a bursting effect upon vehicle impact that inflates the air bag. However, the system can degrade through time and exposure to hot, humid climates.
When the system degrades, the canisters can burst unexpectedly and with extreme force, such that the entire canister explodes and sends metal shrapnel into the cabin of the vehicle. The air bags have caused injury to at least 240 people, and 23 people have died because of them.
In January 2018, a woman in Florida died after a vehicle accident caused her Takata air bag system to forcefully explode. Vehicle owners in Florida are particularly at risk of Takata air bag injuries because of the environment in the state and the air bag system’s propensity for degradation in heat and humidity.
The Florida woman suffered large head wounds, a fractured skull, and a brain bleed because of hot metal pieces flying into her car from the air bag. The lead investigator on her case and the medical examiner who conducted the woman’s autopsy said the defective air bag caused her death; She otherwise would have survived the vehicle crash.
The Takata air bag recall eclipses all other recalls in vehicle history, and the company has already filed for bankruptcy.
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