Mark Rosekind, the 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA),
has first-hand experience in owning a dangerous car that the manufacturer
According to numerous press reports, repairs on his wife’s vehicle
– a model listed in the Takata airbag recall – can’t
be done yet because the parts aren’t available. Scores of other
Americans share Rosekind’s problem.
The Takata airbag event, the largest auto recall in the country’s
history, has involved 24 million vehicles. Critics contend that some defective
airbag inflators explode when exposed to too much force. Spewed shrapnel
from the blasts has caused 100 injuries and at least 10 deaths worldwide.
Manufacturers have replaced only 7.1 million inflators, so the majority
of the people who own vehicles with these defective airbags must wait
a long time for proper replacement parts.
Tests reveal the ammonium nitrate used in the inflators deteriorates over
time in high temperatures and humidity. Since the Gulf Coast presents
a greater risk, because of its humid, hot climate, NHTSA has prioritized
the servicing of older vehicles in this area.
A wide assortment of makes and models has been affected by the recall;
to determine whether you need servicing, check your vehicle identification
number with the
NHTSA Takata database. If your find it on the list, ask the manufacturer what steps you can
take to stay safe while waiting on parts to become available. Once the
parts are in, get the repairs done as quickly as possible.
Update on Takata Airbag Reall and Answers to Frequently Asked Questiosn
(FAQs) About It.
Washington D.C. car accident attorneys to discuss how to get fair and complete compensation for any damages caused
by defective auto parts.