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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 5:16 pm 
NHTSA expands and accelerates Takata air bag inflator recall
The expansion will phase in a recall of an additional 35-40 million inflators through 2019. The decision follows the agency’s confirmation of the root cause behind the inflators’ propensity to rupture. The five recall phases are based on prioritization of risk, determined by the age of the inflators and exposure to high humidity, and fluctuating high temperatures that accelerate the degradation of the chemical propellant.

These phases will occur between May 2016 and December 2019. The expansions mean that all Takata ammonium nitrate-based propellant driver and passenger frontal air bag inflators without a chemical drying agent, also known as a desiccant, will be recalled.
Ruptures of the Takata inflators have been tied to ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States.

Takata air bags installed in tens of millions of U.S. vehicles are subject to recall due to a safety defect that may cause their inflators to explode and cause serious injuries or deaths. If your car or truck is included in this list of affected vehicles, contact your dealer for the appropriate repair. This site will be updated as necessary to ensure that NHTSA keeps affected vehicle owners informed. NOTE: This list does not yet include vehicles in the May 4 announced Takata recall expansion. It will be updated to reflect the expanded recall when this information is available.

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 Author: Kevin B
PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 9:50 am 
Crow, thanks for posting this. NHTSA announced this recall today and it really deserves our attention, this is a seriously dangerous condition.

As I'm understanding it, over time the airbag inflators used in these vehicles crack, allowing the propellant to absorb atmospheric moisture which causes it to become unstable and spontaneously fire, thus resulting in the airbag going off. Imagine that happening while casually driving along at 65mph, the result would almost certainly be bad. Since the problem is due to the inflator itself, disabling the airbag will have no effect. The vehicles involved are basically carrying ticking time bombs with no way to predict when they're going to explode and no telltale indicators giving any kind of forewarning.

Since time is a factor here, older vehicles are most prone to this. On the other hand, atmospheric moisture is the other factor involved making our dry southwest climate a safer place to be, particularly for vehicles that have spent their entire lives here. In any case this is an alarming announcement that should not go ignored by anyone who owns a vehicle with an airbag. This is really bad, a lot worse than a sticky accelerator cable or fuel tank prone to rupture.

Most manufactures make it pretty easy to determine which recalls have been installed on any individual vehicle. Usually there's a link from the company's homepage that will lead there, but calling any dealer who sells the vehicle will work as well. This will be a no charge repair. Anyone who is uncertain about whether or not their car or truck has undergone this recall really needs to find out.

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