The Takata airbag scandal seems never-ending. Recently, Ford Motor Company recalled additional pickup trucks in their 2006 Ranger line, warning owners not to drive the vehicles until the repairs are made. Still, automakers are experiencing difficulties getting owners to bring their vehicles in for the necessary airbag replacements. The scandal has been linked to at least 23 deaths worldwide with a majority of those occurring in the United States. Now, three automakers have initiated a door-to-door program in Houston to explain options to affected owners as Auto News reports.
A year ago, Honda Motors, an automaker with the most vehicles affected by the defective airbag recall, launched a small-scale door-to-door outreach to get in touch with owners of the affected vehicles. In August, the company expanded the program nationwide, employing a team of more than 500 people.
The company is offering the owners of affected vehicles a variety of options to get the airbag repaired. The owner may choose to have the vehicle repaired there in the driveway or parking lot by a qualified technician. They will also be offered a free loaner vehicle during repairs or towing to and from a nearby dealership.
Texas is ranked number two nationally for vehicles affected by the recall.
Both Ford and Mazda expanded their list of recalled vehicles. They have recently joined with Fiat Chrysler in the efforts to reach owners of affected vehicles in Houston.
Vehicles in warmer, more humid climates are more affected as the chemical used in the airbags degrades faster in this kind of climate.
The most recent death linked to the airbags occurred in Australia, bringing the worldwide death toll to 23. A further 230 injuries have been linked to the inflators.
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