What Is The Takata Airbag Recall?
The Takata airbag safety recall is one of the largest vehicles recalls in U.S. History. This public safety crisis should not be taken lightly. Millions of people are currently driving vehicles from 19 different manufacturers with defective airbags putting their friends and families at risk. You can prevent serious injury and even death by bringing your vehicle in for inspection. South Dade Toyota’s primary goal is safety. Together, we can keep our community safe and keep you going places.
What Is The Problem?
Approximately 50 million airbags are currently defective and dangerous. It is possible that you or someone you know may be driving an involved vehicle. Sharp metal fragments could potentially spray at drivers and passengers if the airbags are deployed, increasing the risk of serious injury or death. Consumers in older vehicles are the most at risk. If you live in an area of the country with hotter temperatures and high humidity, airbags may become defective faster.
Why Is Taking So Long?
Currently, it has been about 10 years since the recall first started and 4 years since automobile regulators began investigating the exploding airbags. Now with NHTSA, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, taking over the situation many vehicles manufactures hope to eliminate the threat over the following years. Unfortunately, there are still many defective airbags out there.
Yet, with all the repair plans in place, there will still be many phases to come. Many vehicles will be scheduled over the next two years for repairs and officials say that it will probably take a few more years for each and every defective airbag to be replaced. By illustrating just how gruesome the defect can be, vehicle manufactures hope their clients will check their cars and if a part of the recall, bring them in for inspection. Ammonium nitrate used in the Takata airbags can become violently unstable over time, especially depending on the weather the vehicle operates in. Airbags can explode, spraying metal shrapnel. At least 15 drivers and passengers have died due to this device that was created to keep them safe. Injuries include blunt force trauma, injuries to the head and neck, and massive bleeding from lacerations caused by the flying metal.
This is another reason why it is important for owners to stay proactive and review if their vehicle is in need of inspection. If you are unsure, now is the time to find out.
How Long Do Repairs Take?
Recalled groups of vehicles are expected to take around 2.5 years to repair, according to the NHTSA. The final Toyota recalls will be announced in 2020, although it won’t be until late 2022 or early 2023 for the recall to be officially over. Even with all this precaution and effort, there still may be vehicles with defective airbags on the road due to the negligence of the owner and because of the fact that recalls only ever make an 80% completion rate.
Out of the 8 recall groups so far, only Group 2 has had more than 60% of its recalled airbags repaired. Group 1, the largest and oldest recall, has involved more than 11 million inflators. Overall, 40 million inflators have been recalled and 21 million have been replaced according to the NHTSA. This brings hope to many vehicle manufacturers, including Toyota, that the recall may finally come to an end and their loyal clients will be safe on the road.
Fortunately, manufacturers can act entirely on their own in matters of the recall. They do not need a “heads up” from NHTSA to put their repair plans in place. NHTSA has worked with many manufacturers to synchronize their communications with consumers so that the delays are minimal between notice and repair, and that the recall is an outstanding success.
How Do You Find Out If Your Vehicle Has A Recall?
The final phase in the recall was announced on January 19th. Click here to find out if your vehicle is on the recall list. Some auto companies, such as Toyota, will re-recall cars that were fixed earlier in the process. This is because the repairs were started before Takata or NHTSA had finally found what was causing the violent explosions or before replacement parts could be designed with a permanent fix. The danger was too severe for vehicles with older airbags therefore too risky to wait. Automakers were forced to order replacement airbags. The defective airbags are to be replaced in the last phase of the recall, starting in March 2020.
South Dade Toyota is committed to getting you places, safely. Toyota’s outreach to involve owners is designed to help resolve the issue. Replacement airbags are totally free if your vehicle meets the recall criteria. We are proud to be your Toyota dealer and strive to make wherever you’re going, a safe trip. Being able to freely travel on the open road is something we stand for and will always protect. We will always strive to be the best Toyota dealership not just for ourselves but for our community. Being one of the safest vehicles on the road will help us get there. Let’s Go Places!