The Takata air bag recall is the largest product recall in United States history. The problem with Takata air bags lies with the inflators and propellant devices. In the event of a crash, these components may deploy improperly. When they do, they explode, firing metal shrapnel into a vehicle’s occupants. The problem is especially apparent in warm, humid areas. On July 11, 2017, Takata announced the recall of another 2.7 million air bags in addition to the other 100 million recalled globally to date.
Honda recently announced that it has confirmed another U.S. death related to the Takata air bags. The incident occurred in Florida in June 2016. An individual was working on repairs to a 2001 Honda Accord when the air bag ruptured. That individual sustained serious injuries that led to his death a day later.
Of the deaths linked to the Takata air bag inflators, 16 took place in Honda vehicles since 2009. One occurred in a Ford Motor vehicle in December 2015.
Last month, Takata’s U.S. unit, TK Holdings, announced that it was filing for bankruptcy due to insurmountable claims relating to recalls. It now owes billions of dollars to automakers due to the recall.
By 2019, Takata expects to have recalled about 125 million vehicles worldwide. More than 60 million of those are in the United States.
We urge you to check your vehicle and determine if it has been recalled. Your life may depend on it.