The number of vehicles that have been recalled due to defective Takata airbags has increased to nearly 34 million and many wonder how Takata will replace the defective airbags in a timely manner. In order to accelerate the recall and repair process, U.S. auto safety regulators are going to step in and take unprecedented action.
According to a report in Automotive News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stepped in to coordinate the industry’s recall effort. U.S. officials will prioritize the flow of replacement parts and speed up the process. NHTSA is currently holding meetings to determine how the Takata recalls can be accelerated and what can be done to replace the defective airbags before more people are injured or killed.
Takata is currently producing approximately 500,000 inflator replacement kits every month and reportedly hopes to increase that number to one million per month by September. There are even other companies that are stepping in to produce replacement parts. However, now that the recall involves 34 million vehicles in the United States, it could be many months or years before every driver is out of harm’s way.
Why are these airbags so dangerous? The defective Takata airbags are known to explode and send metal shards into the face and neck of drivers. This issue is relatively rare, but it has led to the deaths of six people in the United States and over 100 injuries. Therefore, this is a serious problem that could affect you or your family.
It is advisable for all car owners to visit NHTSA’s online VIN-lookup tool. From there, you can put in your vehicle identification number and determine if your car has been affected by the recall. If yours is among the many recalled vehicles, you can then call your local dealer and schedule an appointment. However, you may not be able to have your car fixed anytime soon because of the number of vehicles recalled and the limited number of replacement parts.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a defective auto part, such as a Takata airbag, it is crucial that you act fast to protect your rights. Please contact an experienced Atlanta product liability lawyer at Grant Law Office to obtain more information about protecting your legal rights.