On December 4, 1.4 million vehicles were part of an airbag recall because of defective Takata airbags. The vehicles in question contain Non-Azide Driver Inflators (NADI), which result in airbags exploding or underinflating during deployment. Vehicle owners are urged to take action as soon as possible.
“In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, an inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants. An underinflated airbag may not properly protect the occupant,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement.
Before the most recent recall, tens of millions of other vehicles with Takata airbags faced a recall due to exploding after exposure to high heat and moisture from humidity. The defects resulted in injuries and deaths. The latest airbag recall is due to a discovered “manufacturing issue” in “some brands of 1995-2000 vehicles,” the agency said in an official statement.
Although 4.5 million cars with the recalled airbags were produced and sold, government documents suggest much fewer are still being driven today. Affected brands include Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi Motors, Volkswagen’s Audi division and BMW, among many others.
Effected owners can visit the NHTSA’s website or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).
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