The Takata airbag recall is the largest in automotive history, affecting 41 million vehicles. The recall has been going on for four years and there are still 13 million cars with airbags that need replacing on the road. The airbag deployment mechanism was made with a chemical called ammonium nitrate. It can degrade over time, a fact made worse in hot and humid climates. This degradation can cause the airbag to deploy with too much force, sending deadly metal shrapnel flying through the vehicle. So far, there have been more than two dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide.
ABC 7 Chicago reports that while many manufacturers have been completing the repairs, Mercedes Benz has been slow to fix the recalled airbags.
Some of the people who need their airbags fixed are afraid to drive their cars. A North Lawndale resident, Dorothy Williams, got so tired of waiting that she bought another car.
She is still paying for the insurance on the 2011 Mercedes that she is afraid to drive. She’s been waiting for three years on replacements for the recalled Takata airbags. An I-Team investigation revealed that Mercedes is one of the slowest car makers when it comes to replacing the faulty airbags.
Williams isn’t the only owner of a Mercedes owner who is waiting for a fix. The U.S. Department of Transportation revealed that Mercedes has only replaced 35% of the defective airbags.
In comparison, Honda has recalled 17 million airbags. They have replaced 85% of them.
Williams has filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is overseeing the recalls. After the I-Team contacted Mercedes Benz regarding Williams’ paperwork, an appointment to replace the airbags was set for October.
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