Millions of vehicles are affected by the Takata air bag recall. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a statement advising vehicle owners that some of the recalled air bags could have a 50 percent chance of rupture.
Individuals who own vehicles with the faulty air bags can have the air bags replaced at no cost at a dealership.
The recall was issued after injuries and deaths were reported associated with air bag deployments that happened when no accident occurred. Researchers determined the Takata air bags have a tendency to inflate and deploy in environments of high temperatures and high humidity, irrespective of whether a collision prompts the air bag rupture. The inflators were deemed faulty and the recall was issued. North Carolina summers are notoriously hot and humid, environments conducive to triggering the air bag rupture.
Under ideal conditions, air bags are designed to inflate when a collision occurs at about 8-14MPH or greater. When air bags are set off, systems generally involve a small explosion of nitrogen gas to rapidly inflate the bag. According to Cars Direct, air bags inflate at a speed of about 200MPH. Although designed to help provide a softer barrier between the driver or passengers in the event of a collision, the speed and positioning of air bags can also result in injuries.
If you or a loved one drive one of the following vehicles, schedule service at your nearest dealership. The NHTSA recommends suspending use of the vehicle immediately until service is complete:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic and Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V and Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL and Honda Pilot