Nation’s Biggest Automotive Recall: Takata Air Bag Recall Expanded

The maker of Takata air bags, which have been linked to several deadly car accidents, has almost doubled the number of cars being recalled because of the automotive defect.

The nearly 34 million cars now recalled because of faulty air bags made by the Japanese firm makes the Takata recall one of the largest in U.S. history, according to USA Today.

A defect involving the air bag inflator in certain vehicles can cause the air bags to rupture violently when they deploy and shoot fragments from their casings at the vehicles’ drivers or passengers. Six deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the defective air bags.

This month, Takata announced that it would stop producing the driver-side inflaters that have been linked to the defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that Takata entered into a consent agreement with the government late last month to make its regional recalls national, adding about 16 million more vehicles to the 17 million already cited.

In addition, Takata has more recently announced that some cars that have already been repaired under the recall need to have their air bags replaced. CNN Money says Takata has determined that the design of a “batwing”-shaped inflator is a contributor to air bag explosions.

Takata has previously said the propellant used to inflate the air bags may degrade over time and become prone to “overaggressive combustion.”

Originally, Takata said humidity was a factor in degradation of the propellant. The manufacturer initially limited the recall to Southern states (including Georgia) on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, plus Hawaii and some American territories.

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Various car makers that have used Takata air bags in their vehicle have also periodically amended their recall notices as news surrounding the developing scandal has come to light. Each car maker has information about their recall on their individual websites.

The air bags affected by the recall were mostly installed in cars from model year 2002 through 2008, although the recall has been expanded through 2014 in some cases, Consumer Reports explains on its guide to the recall.

The NHTSA has created a website dedicated to the Takata air bag recall and also has a recall search engine that works with cars’ VINs – vehicle identification numbers – to find any recall in the last 15 years.

You can find your car’s or truck’s VIN on the vehicle registration card or on the upper-left corner of the dashboard, viewable though the windshield.

A complete list is not yet available. On the Takata recall site, the NHTSA says automakers are still working to verify accurate and complete lists of vehicles under recall for Takata air bags, and that “this process could take several weeks.”

As of June 2, the NHTSA says automakers that have submitted their lists of models affected by the recall include:

  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • Ford
  • General Motors
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Subaru

Additional makes affected by the recall include:

  • Daimler Trucks
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • Toyota.

CNN Money has a list of makes and models publicly announced as affected by the recall, which it says was compiled from websites for the NHTSA and the Center for Auto Safety advocacy group.

If you have been in a car accident or were otherwise injured because of a faulty air bag made by Takata, you may be able to obtain compensation for you medical expenses and other losses. The attorneys of The Millar Law Firm are pursuing personal injury and wrongful death cases involving faulty air bags in the Atlanta area and throughout Georgia.

Contact The Millar Law Firm if you have concerns about an injury or death caused by a faulty automotive air bag.