More Air Bag Recalls Due to Safety Concerns, Especially for those Exposed to High Heat and Humidity
As we face record high temperature and heat indices this week, it is concerning that there have been more Takata airbag recalls due to safety concerns, especially for those exposed to high heat and humidity.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is part of the United States Department of Transportation, continues to remind consumers of the dangers associated with airbags found in many types of commonly used vehicles.
Instead of protecting the occupant of the vehicle during a crash, these damaged airbags may instead explode when deployed, resulting in serious injury and even death. The NHTSA warns that “[a]pproximately 67 million Takata airbags (priority groups 1-12) have been recalled because these airbags can explode when deployed, causing serious injury or even death.”
The recall applies to airbags manufactured by Takata and installed into vehicles manufactured by 19 different vehicle manufacturers.
However, the risk is greater for those recalled Takata airbags that have had long-term exposure to high heat and humidity, which is often the case for vehicles located in the southeastern United States. In fact, all of the vehicles originally sold or ever registered in the following locations and which contain a recalled airbag are given priority for repairing the defective airbag, including:
U.S. Virgin Islands