If the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mark Rosekind, is finding it frustrating trying to get replacement parts for a dangerous airbag in his recalled vehicle for his family car, no doubt millions of others trying to do the same are feeling the frustration as well.
In a statement, Rosekind said that his wife discovered that the car she normally drives was listed in the NHTSA’s recall database (http://www.safecar.gov). The Rosekind’s are waiting for the parts to fix the faulty airbag, but the parts are simply not yet available.
So far, 14 automakers have recalled 24 million vehicles to fix or replace faulty air bags made by Japanese manufacturer, Takata. The government indicates that this number may go up to as many as 90 million vehicles in the near future. So far, the bags have been responsible for 11 deaths and well over 100 injuries caused by shrapnel sent flying into vehicle occupants when the airbags deploy.
So far, approximately 7.1 million inflators have been replaced but for families like Rosekind’s the wait for getting parts in response to the recall can seem like an endless wait. The NHTSA, which has taken over management of the recalls, has prioritized the replacement of bags in older vehicles that are located in areas that are high-humidity, mostly along the Gulf Coast. The humidity, according to industry experts, makes these vehicles at greater risk for malfunction.
The malfunction according to tests conducted by manufacturers and government researchers involves a chemical used in the inflator. The chemical, ammonium nitrate, has been shown to deteriorate over time when exposed to humidity and high temperatures.
So far, there have been 24 million vehicles recalled that were fitted with potentially dangerous Takata air bags. That number may soon be going up to more than 90 million vehicles according to government officials. Of those, 24 million vehicles announced to be defective so far, just 30 percent have been repaired.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or tragically lost their life due to a malfunctioning airbag, call the law offices of John Foy and Associates today. John Foy is the airbag recall lawyer with the “Strong Arm” who will be there to fight on your side.