Car Shipping Carriers has reported about the air bag recalls over the past year that continues to plague our vehicles. First, the company Takata Corp made a few small recalls to “fix” the problem, but it didn’t work. It was a band-aid that didn’t help anything. The number of vehicles that are in the recall keep growing and now is at 33.8 million vehicles in the United States and over 53 million vehicles affected globally. That is the largest auto recall in United States history.
What is happening is that the driver side and passenger side air bags are going off without a collision and causing accidents and even a few deaths. There are 11 auto makers that are using the air bags made by the Takata Corporation that are involved in the recall. Tacit Corp CEO, Shigehisa Takada, issued a statement that they have reached an agreement with the NHTSA that has a clear understanding to fix the issue for all vehicles involved moving forward.
The actual issue is in the air bag inflators. The air bag inflators were not sealed properly and is allowing moisture to get into the propellant casing. The moisture is damaging the casing and is causing the inflators to burst with excessive force. Six deaths have been counted in total stemming from this air bag issue. All of the deaths were from Honda vehicles which is the largest auto maker customer of the Takata Corp company.
The recall has been estimated to cost the Takata Corp anywhere from $4 Billion to $5 Billion. The company is still expected to make a profit this year, but the CEO has stated he will not set aside any more funds for the recall if the number grows. This just means the mess will not be over anytime soon, but the United States Congress said they will continue to fight until ever single air bag is replaced.