Almost 8 million U.S. car and truck owners may be driving vehicles with potentially faulty airbags.
Takata Corporation, a Japanese company that makes automobile parts, manufactured the airbags. The Takata airbags contain a propellant canister that is supposed to inflate the airbag if there is an impact, but the canisters in the Takata airbags can explode on impact and send metal and plastic debris flying out at passengers.
This defect has already been blamed for multiple deaths and has led to a massive recall.
The Takata airbag defects may be particularly problematic in Louisiana. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said, the issue is most urgent for car owners in warm weather states.
Louisiana Auto Dealers React to the Takata Airbag Recall
New Orleans area auto dealers are already responding to the issue. Royal Honda has been replacing about 20 airbags per day, and Veterans Ford has been notifying its customers so they can get recalled vehicles in quickly “before it really becomes an issue.”
However, Toyota of New Orleans has not received the replacement parts necessary to switch out the airbags, but they have offered to put drivers in rental vehicles until their cars are repaired.
Check to Make Sure If Your Car or Truck is Part of the Takata Airbag Recall
Cars and trucks manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota are all affected by the recall. The models suspected of having potential defects were manufactured between 2000 and 2011.
Manufacturers are currently notifying owners of potentially affected vehicles. Car and truck owners can also check with manufacturers about whether there vehicles are part of the recall.
Check to see if you have a vehicle that is part of the Takata airbag recall. If it is, follow up with a local car dealer to see what can be done to replace your airbags so you and your family can stay safe.