Vehicles with Takata airbags are at the center of a worldwide recall. The airbags can send debris flying when the explosion used to inflate them detonates. Already there have been several deaths and injuries linked to the defective devices.
Saab is just one of the auto manufacturers caught up in the wide-scale Takata airbag recall. More than 60 million vehicles in the U.S. alone have been affected by the recall.
The airbags use ammonium-nitrate drivers to inflate the bags in a collision. The inflators can explode on impact, spraying the interior of the car with shrapnel, sometimes to fatal effect.
The frustration at the recall – the largest in U.S. automotive history – is felt by all dealers and manufacturers. Almost every major automaker has at least one model built of the past decade that is being affected by the recall.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, ten people have been killed and more than 100 injured in crashes with vehicles having the faulty devices.
However, tens of thousands of car owners are feeling the frustration, and the fear, of having to drive cars with the defective airbags. Several owners are being told that the replacement parts to repair their vehicles will not be available until December 2019.
Takata is sitting on the edge of bankruptcy as it continues to try and manufacture replacement parts and continue to supply automakers with new and better airbags for their vehicles.
While about 20 companies produce automobile airbags globally, few have the production capacity to produce the millions of replacement airbags needed while still manufacturing new airbags.
The NTHSA’s website reports that 63 million airbags are a part of the recalls, but only about 8.8 million, roughly 13.8% have been repaired.
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