In early January, Takata expanded its recall of faulty airbag inflators once again. This latest announcement means a new wave of repairs is about to kick off, and here are the details you need to know.
3.3 Million Defective Inflators Added to the Takata Recall
If you own a 2009, 2010 or 2013 vehicle manufactured by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru or Tesla, then you need to pay attention to this latest expansion of the Takata Recall. Some vehicles manufactured in these years could have frontal airbags capable of inflicting fatal injuries.
These inflators are powered by the chemical ammonium nitrate, but when this chemical is exposed to high temperatures and humidity, it becomes unstable. This means that the chemical can explode with extra force, destroying its aluminum canisters and showering passengers and drivers with deadly metal shrapnel. Worldwide, 20 people—most of which have been Americans—have died, and over 180 people have been injured by these defective safety devices.
If you receive notification that your vehicle is affected by this recall, contact your local dealership immediately to schedule repairs. If you suspect your vehicle may be part of the recall, but are unsure, check out NHTSA’s VIN checker. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have been injured by one of these defective devices, you should also contact an attorney immediately. This recall has forced Takata into bankruptcy, however, automakers are now being forced to cover the damages caused by these defective devices.
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