Is Your Vehicle 1 of 40 Million Added to Takata Airbag Recall?
The number of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall will more than double, making it the largest auto recall in U.S. history. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Wednesday that 40 million more vehicles would be added to the recall, in addition to the 28.8 million already included.
The NHTSA has called this an urgent issue, as the airbag inflators in these vehicles have proven to become more dangerous over time. Apparently moisture is a major factor in the airbag ruptures spraying shrapnel. Many of the Takata airbag inflators lack a desiccant to reduce moisture. The retained moisture coupled with a humid climate increases the risk of the airbag inflators exploding.
The Takata airbag recall expansion comes on the heels of two more deaths linked to the airbag defect, both in Malaysia. Thirteen people have now died as a result of the exploding airbags, 10 of which were in the U.S. More than 100 injuries have been reported in the U.S. alone.
The recall will take place in phases based on risk. Older vehicles and those that have been exposed to high humidity will take priority.
You can look up your vehicle on the NHTSA website to determine whether it is included in the recall.
“Please take the time to see if your vehicle is part of this recall. This defect is a serious risk to your safety and should be addressed immediately,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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