Only one-quarter of Takata’s faulty airbags replaced so far in the US image

The automakers have managed to replace or fix only 7.5 million of Takata’s explosive inflators in the US so far, accounting for just one-quarter of the total estimated figure.

The faulty inflators made by the Japanese auto supplier affected so far approximately 23 million vehicles and fourteen automakers in the United States, while more than 29 million airbags are part of the related recall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The automakers still have a long way until they fix or replace all the defective parts, as they mended around 7.52 million so far.

Honda repaired about 5.4 million inflators, more than half of those it recalled throughout December, but it issued in February another safety campaign for an extra 2.3 million defective airbags. The automaker has been deeply affected by this safety crisis and the costs are still rising, as it plans to compensate all its dealers in the United States for depreciation costs of vehicles they cannot sell because of the recall.

Fiat Chrysler has replaced around 15 percent (736,000 inflators), Toyota has fixed 717,000 (about 22 percent), while BMW has fixed 193,300 airbags (21 percent), but recalled a further 840,000 in February. The safety regulators have imposed to all manufacturers affected by the Takata airbag recalls to acquire the necessary replacement parts o this year and to complete most of those repairs by the end of 2017.

According to some recent estimates, a comprehensive global airbag callback would cost all the affected companies about 2.7 trillion yen (24 billion dollars). Takata and the automakers still have to determine how these costs are shared.

Via Reuters