Airbag Update

Although federal regulators have demanded a nationwide airbag recall, manufacturer Takata is refusing. The airbags in question have been shown to explode with too much force and propel metal shrapnel, injuring and killing drivers and passengers. Five deaths have been linked to these explosions.

The New York Times has posted a video showing these explosions (which we cannot embed here).

Via the New York Times. HOW IT WORKS: Inside the canister, pellets of a propellant based on ammonia nitrate, a common compound used in fertilizer, are ignited and generate the nitrogen gas that inflates the airbag in a fraction of a second. THE PROBLEM: Takata has said manufacturing problems, together with exposure to moisture in cars in humid regions, can cause the propellant to degrade. This can make the propellant burn too strongly when the airbag is deployed, rupturing the inflater and sending metal fragments into the car’s interior and injuring the driver or passengers

Currently, recalls are in high-humidity areas – Florida, Hawaii, the Gulf Coast, and certain U.S. terriorites. Takata says this is because the explosions may be linked to prolonged exposure to airborne moisture. Spokespeople for the company say that the evidence “doesn’t support” a national recall. However, many members of the House subcommittee overseeing the recall are concerned that these limited recalls are especially confusing to consumers.

Honda, however, one of Takata’s biggest customers, has expanded its own recalls of drivers’ side airbags to all fifty states. Automakers Ford, Chrysler, Mazda, and BMW will be affected by any recalls. BMW is already recalling the bags in its affected vehicles nationally. Both Honda and Toyota called on the auto industry to independently test Takata airbag inflaters.

To see if your Honda has been affected by the recall, visit http://www.honda.com/recalls.

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  1. Pingback: Know Your Rights: Find out if your car is part of the Takata airbag recall | Fighting for Justice

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