Noble McIntyre on January 5, 2016
McIntyre Law brought you news last year about a major Takata airbag recall that was affecting hundreds of millions of cars including popular models of Honda, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and BMW vehicles. As of last week, the recall was continuing to expand, with the addition of Honda CR-V, Mazda6, and Subaru Legacy and Outback models. The recalls are due to the fact that the Takata airbags can explode when they deploy, which means that debris could fly into the vehicle’s cabin and injure the occupants.
The defective airbags are linked to eight deaths in the United States, and one more was reported this week in the U.K., along with over 100 injuries, which has renewed the call for repairs to happen as quickly as possible.
We’ve all experienced a recall on a vehicle at one time or another, and we usually just head to the dealership or licensed technician and have it fixed. Not so, this time. While millions of car owners are aware that the airbags in their vehicles could potentially be deadly—which, of course, is what an airbag is designed to prevent—there is no delivery date in sight for when they might be able to get replacements. As the owner of a car with a recalled Takata airbag, what do you do? Your choices are to drive without the airbags (which is not recommended), or to keep driving your vehicle and hope for the best. The most vulnerable airbags are in vehicles manufactured in the early ‘00s and those that are driven in high humidity.
A few dealers have offered rental cars to concerned drivers until the affected vehicles can be fixed, but those are hard to find. Takata is manufacturing new airbags at a rate of one million per month, but that still means that many owners will have to wait years before their replacements arrive.
The good news is that Takata has picked up the pace for manufacturing replacement airbags following an order by the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA). The NHTSA has also set a priority list so that those with the highest risk are addressed first. To keep up to date on the Takata recall, continually updated lists of affected vehicles and email notifications for related information, visit the Takata airbag recalls page on safercar.gov.
As always, here at McIntyre Law, we’re dedicated to bringing you the information and updates you need to stay safe out there! We’ll be following the Takata air bag recall story and will continue to share the news as it happens.