Takata airbags continue to claim the lives of motorists

Takata airbags continue to claim the lives of motorists

November 13, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

In the United States, it became known about another victim due to a faulty airbag.

The safety agency NHTSA said the day before that it had recorded the 18th US death related to a ruptured Takata airbag inflator. It is noted that this is a BMW brand car.

It was the first recorded fatality in a BMW vehicle equipped with Takata airbags after 15 deaths in the United States in Honda Motor Co. and two cases in Ford Motor Co. since 2009.

BMW said its “engineers will work closely with federal investigators to inspect the vehicle and understand the details of the incident.” The defect, which on rare occasions causes airbag inflators to burst and metal fragments fly apart, is responsible for the largest recall of nearly 100 million inflators in US history by 19 major automakers around the world.

More than 290 US injuries are also associated with faulty Takata airbags and at least 27 deaths worldwide. This problem is especially common in older vehicles that have been in hot and humid conditions for a long time.

The NHTSA said Thursday that “the incident underscores the importance of replacing every recalled Takata airbag. When notified of a safety related malfunction, we urge vehicle owners to immediately contact their vehicle manufacturer’s local dealer to schedule a free repair. ”