Takata Airbags Involved In A Massive Recall

Honda and Ford are recalling over one million vehicles which have the Takata airbag inflators, that seem to be defective. More precisely, Honda is recalling roughly 772.000 Acura and Honda cars in the United States because the airbag inflators produced by Takata are defective. The Japanese company supplied Ford as well.

Therefore, Ford is now recalling over 816,000 vehicles sold in North America. Honda announced the recall on Tuesday and added that the vehicles are part of another recall of roughly 1.29 million cars as some were recalled earlier.

The company’s officials say that the recall doesn’t include other regions in the United States yet other than those already mentioned in the report. Takata is the company responsible for this massive recall that includes airbag inflators which can explode in case of a crash. As such, these inflators can injure the passengers by sending pieces of metal shrapnel towards them.

The models included in the recall are 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2005-2006 Acura MDX, 2006-2011 Honda Civic, 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2010-2012 Honda Insight, and 2007-2012 Honda Fit, 2009-2012 Acura TSX, 2006-2012 Honda Ridgeline, 2011-2012 Acura TSX Wagon, 2010-2012 Honda Crosstour, 2010-2012 Acura ZDX, 2005-2011 Honda Element, 2005-2011 Honda CR-V, 2012 Honda FCX Clarity, and 2005-2012 Honda Pilot.

Ford’s recall covers the 2005-2006 Ford GT, the 2006-2009 Mercury Milan, the 2007-2009 Lincoln MKX, the 2007-2009 Ford Edge and Ranger, the 2005-2009 as well as the 2012 Mustang, and the 2006-2009 and the 2012 Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr, and Ford Fusion.

According to Ford’s officials, no cases have been reported of people getting injured due to the Takata airbag inflators so far. A chemical compound, known as ammonium nitrate, is used to trigger a small explosion which inflates the airbags in case of a crash.

Unfortunately, 16 people died, and roughly 180 were injured due to the defective Takata airbag inflators. According to the statistics, over 100 million cars produced by 17 automakers were recalled worldwide last year, including around 69 million just in the United States.

As the recall is huge, it will take a few years to offer replacements to every owner. In other words, the current situation is more than critical. People can go to the NHTSA recall page and enter the 17-digit car ID number to check whether their cars are included in the recall.

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