More news about the exploding Takata airbags. A huge recall is already underway but now two U.S. senators say every Takata air bag in every car in the country may not be safe. The recall, which includes millions of vehicles (and about two dozens makes) was originally labeled as a big problem in high humidity areas and in older model cars.
But recently, an airbag in a 2015 Volkswagon exploded. That prompted Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey to write a letter to Takata officials, saying the “uncertainty about the precise cause of the defect only underscores concerns about safety.”
The senators said “all” airbags should be voluntarily recalled.
That would be quite a task, says Savannah Product Liability attorney Steve Lowry. ” I think a serious look needs to be taken at just how they (Takata) manufacture what they put in it and what they’re doing. And that possibly means they should recall every single one of their air bags. I think the bigger problem is can you do that because there are millions of vehicles on the road with these air bags.”
Lowry said it might be virtually impossible to replace every potentially dangerous airbag. For one thing, he says only about 40 percent of customers who receive recall notices ever have the product repaired. Still, he says this recall has been publicized for months now so many drivers may be nervous. That may in turn be prompting them to visit their dealer and ask for replacement airbags. One issue with national leaders at this point however is that Takata is making the replacement bags.
The defective airbags, which can spew out metal parts- have been linked to 8 deaths and more than 100 injuries.
At this point, experts say the best for a consumer to do is become informed. You can visit this website and plug in your VIN number to find out if the airbag in your car is part of the recall. After that, get on a list with your dealer for a replacement.