Millions of vehicles from two-dozen different manufacturers have been affected by the Takata airbag recall. These airbags have defective inflators that can explode without warning. The problem is more pronounced in humid coastal areas such as Florida and Hawaii.
Takata only announced the recall in 2013, even though it allegedly knew about the faulty inflators as early as 2004. A New York Times report also suggested that once Takata scientists discovered the problem, instead of alerting car manufacturers and regulators in the U.S., the company ordered the engineers to destroy the data that exposed the problem. Nearly 140 injuries and 7 deaths have been caused as a result of the defect.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a record $70 million civil penalty, and said if more vehicles are found to be effected, the total could climb to $200 million. Nissan, Honda, Toyota, and Mazda have all announced that they will no longer use Takata airbags in their vehicles.
Check here to see if your vehicle or a vehicle you have previously owned was affected by this recall. Some manufacturers have parts available to fix the issue, but others do not. For those who cannot have their vehicle fixed at this time, manufacturers are telling their dealers to disable the airbags and recommend not sitting in the seats with the defective airbags.
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