The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed numerous documents indicating that up to 12.3 million vehicles in the United States may have airbag problems. It has been determined that the airbags may not inflate in a crash and the problem could be responsible for as many as eight deaths. Right now, the focus is on vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Fiat Chrysler from the years 2010 through 2019 model years. And the airbag control unit in question is made by ZF-TRW.
Honda announced their recall of 1.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles due to defective Takata airbags on the driver's side. The Takata airbags were once thought to be safe, and even replaced older inflators under a recall that began in 2014. The airbags only recently came under scrutiny after an automobile accident and airbag explosion in Maryland injured the driver of a Honda Odyssey. The U.S. National Highway Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) investigation involving the 2004 Honda Odyssey discovered that the driver's airbag inflator ruptured.
Honda is adding 1.4 million cars, SUVs, and trucks to its list of vehicles that should have their Takata airbags replaced. Included in the airbag recall list are vehicles branded as Acura, Honda's luxury brand, according to the automaker.
Following news in March that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was looking into reports of defective airbags in vehicles made by Kia and its affiliate Hyundai, Kia has announced it is recalling more than half a million vehicles in the U.S. because of the concern.
Despite a finding that Takata airbags are prone to dangerous explosions when deployed, the Japanese auto supplier, Takata, and the auto industry as a whole have been slow in their widespread recall. This slow recall poses a deadly threat to millions of drivers and passengers.
Overwhelmed by airbag recalls and lawsuits, Japanese based company, Takata Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection in both Japan and the United States on Monday, June 26, 2017. The airbags manufactured by Takata Corp. used inflators powered by ammonium nitrate that caused the airbag to explode upon deployment, sending pieces of metal shrapnel into drivers. These faulty airbags were responsible for the deaths of 16 people. In addition to the fatalities, Takata is responsible for at least 180 injuries and is having to deal with the largest automotive recall in the history of the United States. So far 100 million airbags equipped with the faulty inflators have been recalled worldwide, including 69 million in the U.S., affecting 42 million vehicles.
Over four million vehicles are being recalled by one of the largest car manufacturers, General Motors (GM). 3.6 million of the recalled vehicles are in the United States. After several reports of injuries, GM is working to fix the defective airbag software found in the 2014-2017 Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac models.
Earlier this month, Takata Corp., the Japanese airbag manufacturer, announced that it would expand recalls for defective airbag inflators to 40 million.
Last month, Toyota issued another recall on various vehicle models due to defective front passenger airbag inflators. The defect has been linked to a number of reported injuries and deaths, heightening pressure on auto manufacturers of cars that use the offending airbags, as well as on government regulators to press for industry action.
A lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles claims the Takata Corporation discovered a defect in its airbags around ten years ago and then destroyed the records of the study. Approximately 8 million cars have been recalled. Most of the recalled vehicles were built by Honda Motor, which is also named as a defendant in the suit.