The Takata airbag recall has been one of the most consequential of the past fifty years. It has affected millions of cars from across the country and around the world. These cars have a defect that could kill someone in a major crash. They are not a simple bug that harms fuel performance. Instead, people need to treat these recalls seriously and get them fixed as soon as possible.
Dangers of Exploding Airbags
Exploding airbags are one of the more dangerous possible malfunctions that a car can have. Despite being a safety feature, an airbag is already a potentially dangerous element found in every car built after a certain date. Airbags are a piece of technology that uses a literal explosion to help cushion the impact of a major crash. They have saved millions of lives over the past five decades and are considered an essential part of modern cars.
These facets of modern cars are delicate and can cause severe injuries, even when used correctly. But starting several years ago, it became clear that many cars in the country did not have properly functioning airbags.
These airbags were poorly constructed and would send out shrapnel along with the bag when inflated. The shrapnel ended up killing a considerable number of people who would have otherwise survived the crash. Although manufacturers knew the dangers of their products, they still failed to warn the consumer.
Eventually, regulators discovered the problem and ordered car manufacturers and the private airbag company to start issuing a massive recall. To date, millions of cars have had their defective airbags fixed. All contemporary cars have avoided this problem and do not have a similar recall issue.
Unlike some recalls, the exploding airbag recall is not restricted to a particular make or model. It covers all of the models that used defective types of Takata airbags. These airbags were in a wide variety of mostly Japanese models throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.
Several years of the Toyota Camry, the best-selling model of the past two decades, are covered by the recall. There are Honda and Acura models from the early 2000s that have particularly damaged airbags. American cars such as Ford models are also affected.
What to Do
It is easy for people to delay and put off responding to car recalls. There is a relatively small chance that anything will happen. People are often overwhelmed by their normal responsibilities. They do not believe they have the time to fix a large number of issues with their cars. But there is always a chance that a person could get into an accident where they need an airbag to deploy safely. The steps that need to be taken are:
- Check a VIN search site to see if your car is on an airbag recall list;
- If it is, you must drop all of your other obligations and get your car fixed at the local dealership. If possible, you should have your vehicle repaired the day that you figure out that you have a problem. Most dealers have the equipment required to fix the airbag and will repair for free;
- Anyone who is injured by one of these airbags needs to contract the assistance of a lawyer to receive just compensation.
For Your Safety
Anyone affected by an exploding airbag recall needs to contact a local dealership immediately and get the problem fixed. If possible, do not drive the car until the issue has been resolved. If driving is unavoidable, they should keep all commuting to a minimum. Individuals need to know that an airbag works in order to ensure that a person can operate their car safely in their daily lives.