Mitsubishi Recalling Thousands of Monteros
USA- Mitsubishi issued a recall of about 20,000 Monteros manufactured in 1998-2000, according to CONSUMERREPORTS.COM. The recalled vehicles reportedly have faulty airbags. Reports indicate that the Non-Azide Driver airbag inflators experienced an error during manufacturing that led to the inflators possibly absorbing moisture. In some instances, the inflators could rupture leading to the safety device failing to inflate adequately in a collision.*
The inflator may also rupture, leading to metal fragments being released and striking vehicle occupants. Whether the airbag releases shards of metal or simply fails to inflate as intended, the result could be fatal or cause serious injury for occupants in these vehicles.
The recall is expected to begin March 22, 2020. Owners of these vehicles may contact Mitsubishi to discuss the recall and any questions they have regarding the safety of their vehicles.
Airbag recalls may sound familiar to anyone aware of the massive Takata recall that impacted millions of vehicles manufactured by most major carmakers. The Takata recall led to the airbag manufacturer declaring bankruptcy. In that recall, many occupants sustained injuries from the airbags, which sometimes exploded, releasing shards of metal. Across the globe, at least 24 people were killed by the defective devices and at least 300 others injured. The recall became the largest in history and has also been referred to as the most complicated. If your car is impacted by any recall, it is best to have your car serviced as soon as possible to prevent any injury.
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Sources:https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/mitsubishi-recalls-model-year-1998-2000-monteros-020520.html and https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/takata-airbag-recall-everything-you-need-to-know/