In an update to a series of blog posts we have brought you, last week, it was announced that the Takata airbag recall has been extended in the U.S. to include more than 34 million vehicles.
According to the New York Times, Takata admitted that its airbags were defective last week, which resulted in the expansion of the recall. The airbags can allegedly explode during car accidents and send metal shrapnel at passengers.
The expansion now makes it the largest consumer product recall in U.S. history, as about one in seven vehicles currently on American roads are affected. For nearly a year, Takata and vehicle manufacturers were attempting to keep the recall geographically based, saying the issue affected mostly vehicles in southern climates.
The Times reported that six deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the defective airbags. “Up until now Takata has refused to acknowledge that their airbags are defective,” said Anthony Foxx, the transportation secretary, after the recall announcement, according to the Times. “That changes today.”
To determine if your vehicle is involved in the recall, you can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s site and use its search tool by placing in your VIN.
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It is sad that so many people are being affected due to the negligence of this airbag manufacturer. As this story shows, defective auto parts can lead to a car accident, resulting in serious personal injuries and death.
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