Do you live near the gulf coast? Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama or Florida? You may be more susceptible to the Takata airbag explosion. Why? Because the Takata airbag explosions have been linked to humid weather. This is in addition to design and manufacturing problems along with the use of ammonium nitrate. Here’s an article on NPR which discusses the recall and cause.
Essentially, what happens is that humid air enters the inflator and damages the propellant, This damage can cause the propellant to degrade over time and burn faster upon inflation when the vehicle is involved in a crash. The result? The steel is over-pressurized and fragments causing shrapnel to shoot out and potentially injure or kill the occupant.
Takata has recalled over 100 million airbags worldwide. In the United States, there have been approximately 100 injuries and 10 deaths as of July 1, 2016. The recall is not expected to be complete until 2019, THREE YEARS!!!!!!!
What do you do? Do you drive the vehicle and take the chance you aren’t in a wreck which requires the airbag?
Do you have a vehicle recalled because of the Takata airbag? Are you driving it? What are your plans?
If you need counsel and guidance on the issue, feel free to call Lewis, Feldman & Lehane, LLC.