The Takata airbag recall has been the largest recall in automotive history. Millions of vehicles have been recalled for airbags that can explode with so much force that it sends deadly shrapnel flying, killing drivers and passengers. The airbags are responsible for nearly two dozen deaths worldwide and hundreds of injuries. Yet, fixes for the airbags are slow, with millions of vehicles affected still on the roads due to inability to contact owners or unresponsive owners. There is another problem affecting some cars and models – the parts to replace or repair the airbags just are not available. The Sun-Sentinel reports on the story.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has gotten involved in the recalls, sending urgent notices to car owners to get their vehicles airbags repaired or replaced.
Replacement parts are available for about 90% of all affected vehicles, but owners of those whose parts are unavailable are being frustrated by continued delays.
After getting the notice from the NHTSA urging her to repair her vehicle, Boynton Beach, Florida resident Charlotte Ruttenberg contacted her local Lincoln dealer about her Lincoln MKZ.
They informed her that the parts needed to repair her airbag were not going to be available for a few weeks.
Parkland resident Carolyn Bierman is experiencing the same problem. Some models have affected the passenger-side airbags in their vehicles. The parts to replace these airbags have been on backorder for some time now.
Lincoln Motor Company, which is a division of Ford, said that parts to repair the airbags on four of its models are not available. Dealers do want to let owners know that they do have loaner vehicles available to those affected by the recalls until the parts can be acquired.
Ford and Lincoln are not the only automakers having trouble with getting the parts to repair the vehicles. Toyota, Audi, Mercedes Benz, and Mercury all have vehicles which they are awaiting parts to fix the airbags.
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