The recall of Takata airbags and inflators has been one of the biggest stories in the auto industry in the last decade. The basis of the issue was the unstable inflator propellant affected by hot and wet climates, which could cause the airbag to explode and spray occupants of the vehicle with potentially lethal metal shards. Starting in November 2015, it seemed that every few months another recall was announced, or there was an update of a previous recall.
The final chapter?
We now start 2020 with what could be the final Takata chapter from an agreement between Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It includes 10 million Takata airbags installed in vehicles made by 14 manufacturers. The wrinkle this time is:
- The recall addresses airbags and inflators previously installed as part of earlier recalls.
- It also addresses vehicles where work was not done, despite being recalled.
- There is a 1% likelihood that the inflators would explode, which amounts to 100,000 vehicles.
The manufacturers involved in the recall are Audi, BMW, Honda, Daimler (vans), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Concerned car owners can check the NHTSA’s Takata recall page.
Manufacturers need to notify owners
Technically speaking, these effected vehicles were already recalled in 2015, so there is no new recall by the NHTSA. Nevertheless, manufacturers are obligated to determine which vehicles are still dangerous to drivers. They are then to issue their own recall notifications.
Those who fail to do so or claim that work is not pressing because the climate is not hot and wet could be held accountable by the courts. Owners with questions or concerns about repairs may wish to contact an attorney with experience handling Lemon law issues here in California.