The Takata airbag recall list is still active, and in the wake of yet another air-bag related death, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging ALL car owners to check to see if their vehicle is on the recall list. “It is imperative that ALL vehicle owners check now for open Takata recalls, and get the repair done as soon as possible if their vehicle is under recall,” the NHTSA said in a recent press release.
In its latest consumer alert, the NHTSA confirms another fatality involving a Chrysler vehicle. According to the NHTSA, one person died in a recent crash in a 2010 Chrysler 300 where the Takata driver’s side airbag inflator ruptured. This brings the total of Takata fatalities to 24, and the third confirmed this year in a Fiat Chrysler sedan. The agency advises car owners to “not wait another day before checking and preparing a vehicle subject to the Takata airbag recall.”
Honda was the first to recall vehicles in 1988 due to a potentially dangerous flaw in the design of the airbags. Takata intended the airbags to deploy in car accidents by causing a tiny explosion. This first combustion inflates the airbag instantly, protecting drivers and passengers in car accidents. The issue is that ammonium nitrate, the chemical, can degrade in hot, humid circumstances. The metal canister containing the chemicals explodes as a result of this. The blast scatters shrapnel, or microscopic fragments of molten metal, throughout the car’s interior. (The unstable chemical can also cause airbags to activate unexpectedly, even in the absence of a collision.)
Important to Check Takata Airbag Recall List
The NHTSA says that In November, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a “Do Not Drive” warning for roughly 276,000 model year 2005-2010 Dodge Magnums, Chargers and Challengers, and Model Year 2005-2010 Chrysler 300s that are on the Takata airbag recall list. The warning, at the time, came after two people died in separate crashes involving 2010 Dodge Chargers where the Takata driver’s side airbags exploded.
“Don’t let yourself or someone you love be at risk of dying or being seriously injured because of a defective, recalled Takata airbag. These repairs are absolutely free and could save your life,” said NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson. “The older a defective airbag inflator gets, the more dangerous it becomes. So please, get your airbag replaced now for your sake, and for the sake of those who love you.”
The NHTSA is advising ALL vehicle owners to check to determine if their car is subject to a Takata airbag recall. If this occurs, owners must contact their dealership as soon as possible to schedule a FREE repair and heed any manufacturer’s cautions.
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