More airbag recalls on the way?

22 February 2016

takata airbag The Takata airbag recall was dizzyingly large, with millions of cars being affected worldwide. Toyota vehicles were hit hard, and they've had another recall, over concerns about seatbelts.

Well, it looks like there's going to be more bother with Takata airbags, with news that there could be a further 70 million (or even 90 million) Takata Corp airbag inflators getting a recall.

For the moment, this is just in the United States, but last time this happened, it ended up leaving North America and being a worldwide recall. This is all thanks to these airbags sending shrapnel through the vehicles when they inflate, and has been linked to nine deaths.

The company said in a statement that they are "cooperating fully with regulators and our automotive customers and continues to take aggressive action to advance vehicle safety."

Aside from the obvious safety issues, and the inconvenience for anyone who has a car with a Takata airbag, this is all very expensive for the company. They've already had to pay for the work done to sort the vehicles out, as well as paying out $70 million in penalties to American regulators.

There's been problems with vehicles made by Mazda, Ford, BMW, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, and the aforementioned Toyota Motor Corp.

We'll keep tabs on this development, and we'll see if the problems ends up in a recall in vehicles outside of North America.  We wouldn't be at all surprised if it does.

 

TOPICS:   Motoring   Recalls

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