Faulty Air Bags
Allegedly, Takata has known about the defective inflators since 2004. At least 139 injuries have been reported due to faulty air bags across all automakers, and some U.S. Senators have requested a criminal investigation.With panic spreading among consumers, it’s important to know the dangers of faulty air bags and how this situation can affect you. Air bags are an extremely important safety feature in automobiles. The U.S. Department of Transportation states that between 1987 and 2008, air bags saved 25,000 lives.
In a crash, air bags must deploy instantly to properly work. This happens with the use of a propellant. However, in the faulty inflators, the propellant deteriorates in some conditions. If the airbag’s metal housing ruptures, metal fragments can be deployed into the inside of the car, causing injury or death. Cars in warm and humid areas seem to be the most affected. Areas like Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, and the U.S. island territories are of the highest priority for automakers.
Take Caution with your Car
If your vehicle is recalled, it is extremely important to schedule a repair with a dealer. If the dealer is out of parts, request to be put on a waiting list. Although the likelihood of you being injured by the faulty air bag is low, it is always better to be safe than sorry, and repairing the recalled vehicle is necessary for your safety.