Takata Corp. recently announced the largest automobile recall in U.S. history. Takata, which makes automotive air bags, doubled its recall from 17 million vehicles to 34 million vehicles. According to some experts, this recall is probably the most complex consumer safety recall in history.
The problem with the defective air bags is that they can explode violently, which sends metal pieces flying throughout the vehicle. This can cause death or serious personal injuries to the vehicle’s occupants. The air bags are believed to be responsible for six deaths and over 100 injuries, some of them serious.
Until now, Takata did not acknowledge that its airbags were defective. It blamed the problems on humidity, and said that the problems only occurred in very humid environments. Takata announced a limited recall last year, but only of vehicles in humid parts of the U.S.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, moisture from humidity can leak into the air bag inflator, which can change the properties of the chemical that is used to inflate the bags. That can cause explosive force which can rupture the metal and send shrapnel flying. It’s still unclear what vehicles are affected by the recall, and it could take years before all of the airbags are replaced.
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