Approximately 37 million vehicles with 50 million Takata air bags have been recalled as a result of defective air bag deflators. By the end of 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expects that 65 to 70 million vehicles will have been recalled.
These deflators, which can explode within the cabin of a vehicle -- like a tiny grenade -- have already killed 23 people throughout the world (that we know of). More people may have died and additional people could die as a result of these extremely dangerous devices.
The most recent Takata air bag recall
In the most recent recall, which was announced in early January 2019, Ford Motor Co. said that it would be recalling another 953,000 cars -- 782,000 of which are in the United States. Although Ford has not received any reports that the air bags in its vehicles have caused deaths or injuries, the automaker is erring on the side of caution to provide a free repair to customers with cars equipped with these problematic air bags.
In the recent Ford recall, the following vehicles were affected:
- 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX
- 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger
- 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ
- 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan
- 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang
If you have one of these vehicles mentioned above, you might want to get in touch with the dealership that services your Ford to ensure that you get your car fixed as soon as you possibly can. In fact, you might want to contact your dealer if you have any kind of Ford because other Ford vehicles have already been recalled related to these defective devices.
Why do Takata air bags explode?
The problem in these air bags is caused by the explosive element used in the inflator. When the car is involved in a collision, the explosive element activates to inflate the air bag in a blink of an eye. It then provides a barrier against injury to passengers and drivers. However, in affected cars with bad air bag inflators, when these vehicles are exposed to heat and humidity for an extended period of time, the air bags can detonate and shoot hot metal shrapnel like bullets throughout the car.
Were you or a loved one injured?
Sometimes, what seems like a typical car accident case, could result in devastating and worsened injuries if a Takata air bag explodes. If you or a loved one were hurt by a problematic Takata air bag inflator, learn more about your legal rights and options. You might be able to pursue financial compensation in civil court.