By MONTANA SCOTT
Air bag maker, Takata, had a recent recall on frontal air bags affecting over 17 million vehicles by various automakers. These air bags were determined to deteriorate over time causing an aggressive combustion that could injure or even kill, when ejected.
Takata released a national recall in November over defected airbags that were installed in vehicles from 2002 to 2008. These airbags are said to potentially deteriorate over time, specifically in areas of high humidity, and cause an explosive deployment.
The deterioration causes the airbag housing to rupture upon impact and spray metal shards throughout the cabin, injuring and possibly killing the passengers.
Honda took the biggest hit with recalls affecting approximately five-point-four million vehicles nationwide.
With so many recalls the demand for replacement airbags is astounding. People could be waiting for months to have their airbags replaced.
“Honda will provide a rental car until the parts come in,” said Marcus Waters, Service Technician, Honda Dealership, Marietta.
Automakers are focusing the attention to recalls specifically in areas of high humidity and prioritizing resources to replace those vehicles first.
Toyota has advised its drivers to turn the airbags off until the parts come in.
“Since the recall affects older vehicles, not too many drivers are worried about it,” said Christine Rattazzi, Customer Relations, Toyota Dealership, Marietta. “But for those that do feel unsafe, Toyota will provide a rental car for up to 30 days until the parts come in.”
With such a huge recall and Takata’s assembly lines operating at maximum capacity, it could take as long as two years to build the replacement airbags.
To find out if your vehicle is included in the recall, visit the automaker’s website where it will prompt you to type in your specific VIN number to pull up the information.