I know the Takata airbag scandal dominated the headlines for a few nano-seconds in 2016. But the media suffering ADHD quickly moved on to other topics. So here is the dirt on Takata.
Takata has been supplying defective airbags that can deploy with excessive force in the event of an accident – shooting shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
1. 11+ people have died and over 100 people have been injured so far as a result of these defective airbags. (Source – http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2016/05/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-takata-air-bag-recall/index.htm)
2. Over 42 million vehicles will be recalled with as much as 68 million airbags recalled. ( Source – http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/takata-timeline.html) To give you an idea of the scale of the problem, that is 1/3 rd of all the cars in the United States. There are approximately 113 million cars in the US. (Source – https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics/2010/mv1.cfm)
3. Only 36% of the cars have been fixed so far. Which means there are 26 million cars on the road with defective airbags. (Source – http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/takata-completion-rates.html
4. Here is the most outrageous fact of all – Fiat-Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen confirm in a report from FL senator Bill Nelson that they will continue to sell new vehicles that contain the recalled airbags! (Source – https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/6/senate-report-automakers-selling-new-vehicles-with-defective-takata-airbags
This is what you can do!
Click here to sign my petition demanding action!
Call your senator or representative and tell them –
1. The rate of repairs is too slow. It is not the consumer’s problem that Takata does not have enough parts to speed up the rate of repairs.
2. It is UNACCEPTABLE for car manufacturers to sell new cars with defective airbags that will be ‘fixed’ later.
3. Consumers need full disclosure on who are the safety suppliers on a car. Consumers MUST have access to this information before buying a car. That’s the only way a consumer can protect him/herself from ethically challenged companies.
Please do this NOW!