The massive Takata airbag recall has affected approximately 42 million vehicles in the U.S, raising a lot of security concerns among buyers. The vehicles made by 19 different automakers were recalled for replacement of driver’s side airbag, passenger’s side airbag and in some models, airbags on both the sides. This is by far the largest and most complex car recall in the history of the U.S. automobile market. The models made between 2002 to 2015 mostly have Takata airbags, and if you are planning to buy a used car, we recommend performing a recall check by VIN to ensure you choose a safe drive. For those who don’t have sufficient knowledge about Takata recall, we have covered the important points in the blog post. Read on.
The main reason of the problem is the airbag inflator, which is a metal cartridge with propellant wafers. In faulty Takata airbags, there’s a possibility that it can deploy explosively, injuring and in some events, killing the passengers in the car. If inflator ruptures in a crash, the metal shards may come out and spread in the passenger cabin, which could have a dangerous outcome.
Airbags that have ammonium nitrate-based propellant and no chemical drying agent could deploy explosively. High temperature, moisture in the environment and the age associated with the defect can lead to improper inflation of the airbags and explosion of metal shards.
Damage and Affected Brands
The faulty Takata airbags have been the reason for 11 deaths and 180 injuries in the U.S. Some of the brands that have fitted Takata airbags in their models are: Audi, Volkswagen, Toyota, Tesla, Nissan, Mazda, Lexus, Honda, and Ford.
The Way Forward
As Takata airbags are installed by most of the renowned manufacturers, there’s a possibility that you might find some of the affected models at auto car auctions. Instead of not outrightly rejecting the model, we recommend that you perform a vehicle recall check to find out if airbags have been replaced by the manufacturer. The models that have already been through recall up-gradation are a safe choice. ClearVin provides free recall information and a tool to perform recall look-up to buyers who are planning to buy used car. With our car VIN lookup, you will always be up-to-date. Check out our website for more details, or call +1 (844) 268 – 5991.