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Takata Air Bag Recall Expands, Company Officials “Deeply Sorry”

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If you ever find yourself involved in an auto accident you may feel a sense of comfort knowing that your car is equipped with air bags to help lessen the blow to your body. That sense of security has now possibly been replaced with fear if you drive a Honda or various other cars. Takata, an air bag manufacturer, is being hit with millions of recalls due to defective air bags. The faulty air bags can explode when they are deployed, sending metal shards into the car. This has led to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries worldwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that “prolonged exposure to high humidity can cause the inflator propellant to burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister.” Millions of Honda automakers are affected.

On Thursday, October 20, 2014, at a Senate committee meeting, Takata’s senior vice president of quality, said he was “deeply sorry” for the faulty air bags.

So far, over eight million vehicles have been recalled by 10 different automakers, including Honda. Honda is apparently “Takata’s largest customer.” The company has recalled over 5 million vehicles due to the faulty air bags. At the same Senate committee meeting on October 20, 2014, the executive vice president for Honda North America, Rick Schostek, admitted that the automaker “violated the TREAD act.” The TREAD act requires automakers to report defects, deaths and injuries as soon as possible.

Not all automobiles made by the following manufacturers are recalled, but these are the automakers who have issued recalls of some vehicles due to the faulty airbags:

  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • Ford
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • Nissan
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Subaru
  • Toyota

Check with your dealership to see if your vehicle is recalled. If it is on the recall list, make sure to get it fixed as soon as possible to avoid potential serious injury or death.

Takata Allegedly Knew About Faulty Airbags, But Failed to Report

In October 2014, a federal lawsuit was filed against Honda and Takata. Part of the suit claimed that Honda knew about the faulty airbags as far back as 2001, but didn’t issue a recall.

Car owners were also allegedly told that they would have to “wait months” before Takata and Honda had replacements to fix all the cars. Another article from CNN found that Takata didn’t have enough replacement airbags to fix the problem. At that time, a Toyota spokeswoman said they planned to disable the faulty airbags until they were fixed. Toyota also said the defective airbags from Takata were only on the passenger-side of their recalled vehicles. Still, airbags can save lives and disabling them could lead to serious injury and death.