The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that after much resistance, automotive air bag manufacturer Takata has agreed to a national recall of defective driver and passenger side air bag inflators.
The faulty airbags can explode with too much force, sending shrapnel from a metal inflator flying into the car. They have been responsible for at least six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata has finally declared that nearly 34 million vehicles contain the defective airbags and agreed to a consent order that will double the number of cars and trucks in what is now the largest recall in U.S. history.
AAA New York’s media spokesman Robert Sinclair Jr. discusses the recall on FOX News.
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“AAA supports the overdue announcement that Takata has agreed to a national recall of driver and passenger side air bag inflators,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President. “Since late last year, AAA has fully supported NHTSA’s call for a national recall of affected Takata air bags beyond the limited high-humidity areas where a recall has focused until today.”
Those who receive recall notices are encouraged to get their cars fixed as soon as possible, especially if they plan on traveling for the upcoming holiday weekend.
“With the summer season approaching, we are reminded that 33 million Americans will be hitting the roads in their vehicles for Memorial Day travel and as time passes more motorists remain at risk from the faulty air bags that have been linked to at least six deaths,” said Doney. “Motorists’ safety is a national issue that is not confined by regional boundaries and should take precedence over profits. As an advocate for motorists, AAA believes this recall is a step in the right direction to ensure motorist safety on America’s roadways. Vehicles are increasingly bought and sold across state lines and may move long distances across the country, so AAA believes that it is in the best interest of consumers to expand this recall to all states.”
For more information, see the USA Today story on the announcement of the recall.