The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) along with Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors vehicles have notified owners of millions of vehicles to replace airbags manufactured by Takata due to a manufacturing defect in the airbag. Toyota just expanded the recall with letters being sent to 247,000 auto owners.
The scope of the recall appears to be huge with 10 million or more vehicles affected worldwide.
The problem with the airbags, manufactured by Takata, a Japanese parts supplier, is that they have the potential to explode and shoot out shrapnel which may seriously injure or even kill occupants of the vehicle. The faulty airbags pose a serious safety issue.
An investigative report in the New York Times revealed that Honda and Takata knew about the defect for years but called the problem an "anomaly."
What Cars are Affected
The recall affects potentially 14 million cars. Owners can use the www.safercar.gov/vinlookup website to determine if their vehicle is one of those installed with a defective airbag.
Right now, the recalls have been in certain areas that have humid conditions and the recalls appear to be expanding to other areas.
The airbag problem has the potential to affect more than five times the number of vehicles the General Motors faulty ignition switch recall. Expect to see more information about it in the press as the recall expands and gains more visibility.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to defective products. We have more than 30 years experience dealing with product liability claims.