Airbags, the Safety Device, Are Now At Fault
Recalls have been in the news more than ever, with General Motors facing a record number of affected vehicles. But now several car companies have been affected by a recall of faulty airbags, all produced by the Japanese parts supplier, Takata.
Almost 3 million Honda, Mazda and Nissan cars were recalled with defective airbags, which may propel metal fragments into drivers or front seat passengers. Defective air bag inflators may rupture and the metal in them could injure anyone in the front seat. Toyota, BMW, Chrysler and Ford also recalled cars that use Takata airbags.
In 2013, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda recalled over 3 million cars with defective Takata air bags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has six reports of injuries from air bag inflator ruptures, all of which occurred in hot, humid areas.
Takata seat belts in nine million cars were recalled in 2009.