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Many Defective Takata Airbags Still Not Repaired

Many Defective Takata Airbags Still Not Repaired

Millions of vehicle owners are still waiting for automakers to provide replacements for their dangerous Takata airbags, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to urge automakers to speed up the process.

In the largest automotive recall in history, 19 automakers have so far recalled 37 million vehicles with 50 million Takata airbags that have been linked to 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide. The Takata airbags in question contain the chemical compound ammonium nitrate, which is used as a propellant that is housed in a canister in the steering wheel or behind the passenger dash, rapidly generating gas to inflate the airbag cushion during a crash. Ammonium nitrate is volatile and highly sensitive to moisture and heat which can cause the chemical to create too much pressure too quickly and rupture the metal canister, spewing metal fragments into the vehicle and occupants.

A November 2017 report from an independent monitor overseeing the Takata Coordinated Remedy Program found that although some vehicle manufacturers had dedicated significant resources to completing replacements, others had only just begun to exert effort. GM, for instance, is informing many customers its airbags are safe and don’t need replacing while it waits for NHTSA to determine whether to grant it an exemption from the recalls. Ford has filed repeated requests to extend the deadlines, asserting it has been unable to expeditiously test and procure airbag replacements that do not require ammonium nitrate propellant.

In May 2018, NHTSA told Reuters it had sent a letter to 12 major automakers, warning them that they had not met the December 2017 deadline for completing repairs in high-risk areas – such as Florida – that experience more humidity and heat fluctuations than other areas. The manufacturers included Honda, Toyota, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Ford. The targeted automakers had collectively replaced 65 percent of the affected airbags, leaving about 7 million dangerous airbags on the road. NHTSA wanted to meet with each manufacturer to discuss the slow progress.

In July 2018, NHTSA followed up the letter with an announcement urging all automakers involved in the recalls to publicize on their websites their plans for replacing all defective airbags and be innovative in their efforts to reach owners. NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King said, “To keep consumers safe in their cars and trucks, automakers should learn from their recall experiences to-date and from one another, and innovate broadly and creatively when crafting plans to better engage with consumers and communities to replace every last defective air bag in their vehicles.”

If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of a defective airbag, call the Takata airbag recall lawsuit lawyers at Newsome Melton. We are standing by at 888-808-5977 to set up your free consultation.

Honda Says 60,000 Vehicles Still Have Defective Takata Airbags

Honda Says 60,000 Vehicles Still Have Defective Takata Airbags

In April 2018, Honda warned the public that there were more than 62,000 vehicles that had not yet had their “ticking time bomb” Takata airbags replaced. This subset of airbags, known as Alpha inflators, has demonstrated a 50-50 chance of rupturing in testing. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website, another 3.5 […]

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GM Files 3rd Request to Avoid Takata Airbag Recalls

GM Files 3rd Request to Avoid Takata Airbag Recalls

General Motors (GM) has now filed three petitions to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requesting a recall exemption for nearly two million of its 2007 to 2013 model vehicles with Takata airbags, which have been linked to at least 23 deaths worldwide, including 15 in the U.S. Takata, NHTSA, and other automakers have […]

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7th Person Dies from Takata Airbag in Malaysia

7th Person Dies from Takata Airbag in Malaysia

Takata airbags, which carry a risk of overpressurizing and exploding if the volatile ammonium nitrate inside is exposed to moisture and heat cycles over time, have so far been responsible for 23 driver deaths worldwide, with more expected. Seven of the fatalities occurred in Malaysia and all involved Honda’s 2003 to 2009 City model – […]

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25 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Truck Verdict

25 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Truck Verdict

GAINESVILLE — On October 5, 2018, only five days after attorney Rich Newsome picked a jury in Gainesville, Florida, the jury returned a 25 million dollar verdict for the wrongful death of 20 year old Abby Dougherty. A student at the University of Florida, Dougherty was riding her bike through a busy intersection near the University when […]

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VW Recalls 576,921 Audi Vehicles; Potentially Faulty Inflators & Coolant-Pumps Pose Fire Risk

VW Recalls 576,921 Audi Vehicles; Potentially Faulty Inflators & Coolant-Pumps Pose Fire Risk

VW Recalls 576,921 Audi Vehicles Due to Potential Fire Risk As Volkswagen works to resolve their massive 2016 diesel emissions cheating scandal, recalls continue to plague the company’s reputation.  At the end of January, Volkswagen announced 342,867 potentially faulty coolant-pumps may go up in flames and 234,054 airbag inflators can rupture, posing a fatality hazard. […]

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Takata Update: 62,307 ‘Alpha’ Inflators Still on the Road

Takata Update: 62,307 ‘Alpha’ Inflators Still on the Road

The Senate Committee on Commerce held a congressional hearing last month to understand the latest details of the Takata recall, which is the largest in auto industry history. Takata’s potentially fatal airbag inflators affect more than 37 million vehicles and 19 automakers. One of the major findings of the hearing is that there are currently […]

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Takata Whistleblowers Awarded $1.7 Million

Takata Whistleblowers Awarded $1.7 Million

Three whistleblowers will split $1.7 million for warning the government about Takata’s dangerous violations of federal safety laws and for providing a substantial amount of information that helped the government make its case against the corporation, according to Insurance Journal. The three men used to work for Takata, the maker of tens of millions of […]

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