The Takata Airbag Recall began in 2013 and continues to expand into 2020. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an additional 10 million Takata air bag inflators used by more than 12 Auto Manufacturers are affected and are being recalled.
The NHTSA states that this latest recall is for Takata air bags that were previously used to replace older Takata air bag inflators, and were scheduled to occur under the Takata Coordinated Remedy Order. Any consumer is advised to check their vehicle identification number (VIN) for any open recalls and take their vehicle in for the free repair as soon as possible.
These Takata airbag inflators were made with ammonium nitrate and overtime degrade under high humidity and can cause a “rupture” according to the NHTSA Documents available on the NHTSA’s website. This explosion can cause metal fragments to rupture the air bag and propel into the vehicle interior at an extremely high rate of speed speed, ultimately resulting in injury or death to the driver and/or other vehicle occupants.
We recommend you have your 17 character VIN available to check here for the NHTSA or here for SafeAirBags.com websites for reliable information regarding your vehicles recall status. You can also check this “All You Need To Know” NHTSA web page regarding the Takata air bag recall.
It is important to be aware that there have been 25 reported deaths related to this worldwide and all have been Honda Vehicles. This is a serious matter and it is recommended that when purchasing a new or used vehicle you have the VIN checked to see if the vehicle is affected by this recall.