Takata airbag malfunctions have killed eight people in the U.S. and injured over 100 more. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued recalls for cars that use Takata airbags, but many vehicles remain unrepaired. Now the recall has expanded to cover the 2005-2008 Mazda6, 2002-2004 Honda CR-V, 2005-2008 Subaru Legacy and the 2005-2008 Subaru Outback.
Takata airbags were recalled for a defect that causes the airbags to shoot shrapnel after deploying. Instead of reducing the severity of an impact during a crash, the airbags caused catastrophic injuries and deaths for unsuspecting motorists.
According to NHTSA, only 25 percent of vehicles recalled have received replacement airbags. With more than 19 million vehicles affected by the recall, this suggests many people are still at risk for being injured or killed. Earlier this year, a young man lost his life to the defective airbags during an accident. He had bought the car from another person and was unaware of the defect.
Stay Updated On Auto Recall Information
Automakers are legally required to inform vehicle owners of important recalls. However, the warnings sometimes go unheeded and tragedies can occur. The young man we mentioned did receive several recall notices, but for unknown reasons either did not see or act on the information.
Consumers and parents can access NHTSA’s website at www.safercar.gov to view the latest recall information on vehicles with defective Takata airbags. Local auto dealers will service recalled vehicles at no cost.
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