Airbag maker Takata replaced millions of faulty airbags after deeming them to be unsafe. The company recently stated they may need to do it again.

Many Takata Airbags Are Still Unsafe and May Need Replacement, Again

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Millions of drivers turned their vehicles in for repairs when Takata Corp announced in May of 2015 that a number of their air inflators have the ability to rupture. Unfortunately, however, many may have to return their vehicles for repairs, again.

The Japanese safety equipment company told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that around four million inflators could potentially rupture and send spraying metal fragments inside vehicles. At least six deaths and hundreds of injuries are linked to ruptured inflators. But even after replacing the inflators, Takata has announced that about 400,000 of those replacements may have to be replaced again.

What Drivers Need to Know

It is unclear exactly how many inflators are still in danger, and who has the faulty devices in their vehicles. Airbags on both the driver and passenger sides could be dangerous, and the repair parts used to replace them could also pose a threat. No one knows for sure exactly which bags are in jeopardy, which has left many drivers uncertain about their safety. Eight of ten automakers using Takata airbags have expanded earlier recalls or issued new recalls in light of the recent information. However, vehicle owners can check with their dealers or manufacturers for information regarding their airbags.

This year, Takata has used about 500,000 inflators from outside suppliers, including Autoliv and TRW Automotive, Inc. The replacement parts made by these companies use different chemicals in their inflators than Takata does, which can explain why not all of the replacement airbags are considered faulty.

When Your Airbag Fails You

Drivers depend on their airbags to offer protection, not to cause dangerous and life-threatening injuries. If your airbag didn’t deploy in an accident or you suffered because of a faulty airbag, the Andrew Kim Law Firm may be able to help. Contact us by using our online form or by calling 800.636.3676 and find out what we can do for you.

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