US: Takata airbag problems mount and so does the lawsuit count image

Japanese auto safety parts supplier Takata has become world famous for the problems created by its airbags, a piece of technology that was supposed to save lives, not endanger them even further.

Since 2008 millions of cars have been recalled around the globe because of defective inflators in Takata-produced airbags, which can explode and send shrapnel and metal debris flying in the cabin at high velocity. Incidentally, some of the models recalled recently have been in campaigns for the same issue just a few years ago.

This year alone in the US, federal safety regulators have issued warnings about the defective airbags, covering mostly models that were sold in humid areas – believed to cause the premature failure of the inflators. In time though, the number of cars has jumped to no less than 6.1 million units and Honda – the largest client of Takata’s airbags – faces now numerous related lawsuits.

Two new lawsuits against Honda have been filed in relation to the faulty airbags on older cars and the news comes just days after Toyota recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States because of the potential defect.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has even issued a statement urging owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to immediately act on the recall notices and go to dealers to replace the defective parts.

Via Reuters