Six car crashes which resulted in human life lost because of airbag malfunction and hundreds of passengers injured for the same reason. These are the reasons why your car may be recalled soon, if the airbag installed in it has the Takata Corp. stamp of approval.
The malfunctions found in the Takata Corp. airbag design forces car makers to recall millions of their models and lose millions of dollars.
Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Ford, Chrysler and BMW have all been affected by the air bag inflator problems.
On Wednesday, Toyota announced that they were recalling around 5 million vehicles because of Takata Corp`s faulty airbag and over 600,000 of those cars were from the US.
Nissan also is planning on recalling around 1.5 million cars back in order to have the airbag problem taken care of.
However, the worst hit was Honda company, because all of the six car accidents that occurred and which resulted in six deaths, happened to people who were driving Hondas. Therefore, the company has suffered a major image loss. Honda has not yet offered an estimate on how many cars it plans on recalling.
The malfunction in airbag is apparently caused by moisture which allows debris to accumulate inside the airbag. Once activated and deployed, passengers are violently hit with metal scraps and various types of sharp plastic. The threat of such an accident happening is so high that car makers are not taking any chances and they are calling back any vehicle that is equipped with the problematic inflator.
Furthermore, car companies, such as Toyota have said that because they were unable to identify a suitable replacement for the airbag, all cars are recalled to the Japanese Takata Corp, where everyone hopes that they will find a way to properly fix what is wrong.
Takata Corp. and the NHTSA that handles recalls from the US, have not yet been able to figure out where the exact problem with the airbag is and there is and increasing demand for Takada Corp. to replace the faulty airbags with a safer version, so much so that they are simply unable to keep up.
Rumors that claimed problems with Takata`s airbag have started surfacing around ten years ago and people believe it might be caused by the fact that Takata uses ammonium nitrate as an airbag inflator, which is a different type of gas from the one used by other manufacturers. It is believed that ammonium nitrate burns too fast if it exposed to moisture.
However this is still, just a supposition.
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