It is truly the largest recall in automotive history.
Takata is a Japanese company that provides seatbelts and airbags to automobile manufacturers, among other devices. 3 years ago, recalls were issued for airbags in over 3.5 million vehicles due to a problem with the propellant used in the airbag inflator. The propellant would uncontrollably deploy in a crash and cause metal shrapnel to fly out and into passengers, resulting in fatal accidents.
The recall has now reached over 100 million airbag inflators and the number is rising. The liability Takata has in this historic recall is reported to be $10 billion or more. The recalled vehicles have been placed on what is known as “stop sale” at numerous car dealerships, which means the cars cannot be sold until the defective part is replaced and dealerships are reporting that the inflow of replacement parts has been slow.
The NHTSA has determined that the root cause of the problem is an ammonium nitrate-based propellent without a chemical drying agent. There have been more than 100 injuries and 10 deaths reported in the US and currently over 100 million vehicles all over the world need the airbag inflators replaced before 2019.
Among the vehicles included in the recall are various models of Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Subaru and GM among others.
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