Faulty Airbags Remain in Market
A car’s airbag system can save lives, but only when it works. Upwards of 69 million cars have recently been deemed unsafe due to faulty airbags made by Japanese company Takata. Amidst a number of deaths related to the airbags, this safety recall is the largest in automobile history. Even more shocking, however, is news that some major automakers continue to install these dangerous airbags in new cars.
According to a report by the U.S. Senate, four automakers admit to currently using potentially defective Takata products. The automakers include:
- Fiat Chrysler
Because manufacturers continue to install the faulty airbags in their latest vehicles, new car-buyers will likely have to deal with more recalls in the next few years. As of now, the use of these airbags in new cars remains legal under the assumption that they could remain viable for up to six years. This is a bad deal for consumers, though, because much could go wrong within that timespan.
The defective Takata airbag poses the risk of inflating too aggressively, resulting in the projection of metal and plastic shrapnel into the vehicle. To date, thirteen people, including ten in the United States, have died from the defective airbags, with at least a hundred more suffering injuries.
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