Today Takata Corp., an airbag manufacturer – declared about 33.8m vehicles defective. It’s going to be the largest recall of any consumer product, bigger than the 31 million bottles of Tylenol in 1982.
The airbags are linked to at least six deaths and more than 100 injuries. The airbags explode sending dangerous metal fragments due to exposure to high humidity and moisture (the investigation into the cause is still pending).
Ten automakers launched a testing initiative to get to the bottom of the issue including, BMW AG, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Honda Motor Co., Mazda Motor Co., Mitsubishi, Nissan Motor Co., Subaru Motors USA, and Toyota Motor Corp.
The repairs for passenger air bags will be phased in starting with high-humidity areas – Takata has beed producing 450k replacement kits per month since March and will produce approximately 900,000 kits per month by September.
As a consumer you can check your VIN at safercar.gov. Vehicles on Instamotor are automatically checked for open recalls.