Vehicles manufactured by 14 different automakers have been recalled to replace frontal airbags on the driver’s side or passenger’s side, or both in what NHTSA has called “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” The airbags are manufacture by a company named Takata, and the airbags were used in cars ranging from 2002 to 2015. Apparently the airbags have been deploying explosively and injuring or even killing the car driver or passengers.
The root of the problem is well within the airbag at the airbag’s inflator, which in terms is a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers, which in some cases has ignited with explosive force. If the inflator housing ruptures in a crash, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin causing serious and harmful damages, and even death in some cases.
Through various announcements the recall has more than doubled in size since the initial announcement. It currently stands at nearly 78 million airbag inflators to be replaced through 2019.
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