Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 4:32 pm
An item intended to save your life during a car accident can potentially cause more harm than good. A common brand of airbag inflators has the potential to deploy more as an explosive than as a safety device, sending metal shards through your vehicle.
A recall has been issued for Takata brand airbag inflators, a popular brand used by 14 different automobile manufacturers for model year 2002 through 2015. The issue with the airbag inflator has been determined to be that the propellant used when an airbag is deployed is being used without what is called a “drying agent.” Without this drying agent conditions such as moisture, high temperature, age can cause the airbag to not inflate properly and send shards of the metal housing of the inflator into vehicle occupants.
As of June 14, 2016 in the United States 10 individuals have died, and 100 have been injured from Takata airbag inflators. This brand of inflator is being used in many vehicles, and worldwide replacements estimates are at more than 100 million.
As Georgia residents we know how hot our summers can be, and we urge you to confirm that your vehicle’s airbags do not need to be replaced. Below you will find a list of all vehicle manufacturers involved in the Takata airbag inflator recall. If your vehicle’s manufacturer is listed, you can check to determine if your vehicle is involved in the recall by entering your VIN number at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall page.
- General Motors
- Pontiac Saab
- Land Rover