Is your car part of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) airbag recall? If so, it is imperative that is gets repaired immediately!
It is a safety issue. The Takata airbag has a defect in the inflator inside the bag. The inflator is a metal cartridge filled with propellant wafers. This metal cartridge can explode due to excessive heat, or upon impact, such as a car crash. When this happens, small sharp pieces of metal spray into the car cabin causing severe injuries and fatalities to both the driver and passengers.
The Takata airbag inflator recall is the largest automotive safety recall in United States history. 69 million airbag inflators and more than 40 million vehicles have been recalled due to life threatening, faulty airbags. These numbers are expected to increase.
Several car manufacturers are included in the recall. Honda was Takatas largest customer, but many other vehicles including BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Ford, and Mazda have also been included in the recall.
In December of 2017 Honda reported the 20th death from the recalled Takata air bag. What could have been labeled a minor accident resulted in death because of the airbag defect. The NTHSA confirmed the death was caused by the drivers airbag inflator that exploded with too much force and sent shrapnel into the car. This is similar to the 2009 death of a young girl in Oklahoma. The young woman was fatally injured during a minor accident in a high school parking lot. Upon impact, the faulty airbag deployed sending a piece of shrapnel into her carotid artery. As of June, 2018 there have been 24 deaths linked to Takata airbags. Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection.
What you should do: The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration advises all car owners to find out if their car has any safety recalls. You can do so here. If so, contact the nearest dealer to schedule a free and immediate repair.