The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration has issued an expanded recall for vehicles with Takata airbag inflators, adding 35 million vehicles to recall list. The Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. The expanded recall brings the total of U.S. affected cars to 63.8 million, more than twenty-five percent of all vehicles on U.S. roads.
Humid conditions can cause the composition of the airbag chemicals to react in a way that increases the likelihood of an explosion and the possibility of metal pieces shooting into drivers and passengers. The airbags are known to have killed a dozen people, including eleven in the U.S. and have caused injuries in over 100.
Since tens of millions of vehicles have been recalled, it is likely to take years for all vehicles to be fixed.
The NHTSA’s administrator urges owners who have received notice for available replacement part repairs to immediately take action.
Since the list may not include the 35 million vehicles just recalled, owners are advised to sign up for an alert for when replacement parts are available.
Airbags are intended to protect drivers and passengers from major injuries, not cause them. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries due to an exploding Takata airbag, Burnetti, P.A. defective product lawyers may be able to help you fight for your rights. If you are interested in a free case review or would like more information, call 1-888-BURNETTI.
6.7.16 UPDATE: More than 563,000 vehicles are added to the recall list including Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Mercedes models.