Officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently spoke to Honda about the company’s failure to do enough to notify vehicle owners about the recall on Takata airbags. Reportedly, the NHTSA expects Honda to do much more to ensure that the owners of over 300,000 Hondas with defective Takata airbags are tracked down so that the vehicles can be repaired.
How Can Honda Do a Better Job of Alerting Owners About Dangerous Takata Airbags?
Takata airbags use ammonium nitrate to ignite a small explosion that activates the airbag during a collision. However, if the chemical is exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long, it can deteriorate. This leads to the airbags rupturing during car accidents and firing shrapnel at vehicle occupants. As a result, 16 people worldwide, including 11 people in the US, have been killed due to faulty Takata airbags. The issue has led to the largest auto recall in the history of the US.
More than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras with Takata airbags have been included in the recall. Reportedly, the airbags in these vehicles have around 50 percent chance of exploding and shooting shrapnel at drivers and passengers. In June, the NHTSA and Honda sent out an urgent warning to owners of vehicles with the airbag defect, but so far, only around 13,000 of the automobiles have been repaired. The NHTSA wants to see Honda do more to alert vehicle owners and get automobiles with the dangerous airbags off the road, including:
- Using private investigators to find hard to reach vehicle owners
- Sending out recall notices in multiple languages
- Deploying service trucks into neighborhoods to repair vehicles at owners’ homes
People who suffer catastrophic injuries after they are knowingly put in danger due to the negligence of automakers, as well as the families of vehicle occupants killed in such incidents, may be able to hold those at fault accountable through a product liability claim.
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