Ford Tries to Shirk Responsibility in Takata Airbag Recalls

In 2017, Ford petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to not recall its vehicles containing Takata airbags. Fortunately, the NHTSA denied this request, and Ford announced its recall of 3 million vehicles in the United States and Canada on January 26, 2021.

This recall is the most recent installment of one of “the largest and most complex vehicle recalls in U.S. history”: the Takata Airbag Recall.

What Is the Takata Airbag Recall?

The NHTSA has recalled vehicles made by 19 different automakers to replace defective airbags made by major parts supplier, Takata. The now-bankrupt Japanese company provided airbags to cars manufactured from 2002 through 2015. Unfortunately, many of those airbags had a defective inflator, which has been known to ignite with explosive force, injuring or killing passenger vehicle occupants.

In certain accidents, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin. As of January 20, 2021, 18 people had died and more than 400 had been injured due to this dangerous defect.

How Many Vehicles Are Under Recall?

According to the NHTSA, “tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall.” The recall has grown to include 63 million airbags from more than 42 million vehicles in the U.S. alone.

The NHTSA has flagged some vehicles, such as Honda and Acura models from 2001 through 2003, as being at extreme risk. People who own these vehicles should not drive and should seek immediate repairs.

Your vehicle’s manufacturer will be responsible for the repairs, and the NHTSA is prioritizing repairs and replacement by risk and seriousness.

You can check your recall status using your 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) here (opens a new window).

What If the Manufacturer Won’t Replace My Airbag?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to replace all defective airbags right away. As such, immediate repairs are only available for certain vehicles, including:

  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2002 Honda CR-V
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2003 Honda Pilot

If you do not drive one of these vehicles, your manufacturer should replace your airbag as soon as supplies become available.

Sometimes, vehicles are also subject to more than one recall, so ask your manufacturer if any repairs or replacements can be completed immediately.

How Many Recalls Is Too Many?

An auto recall does not always indicate a lemon, but multiple recalls and defects may be a sign of a bigger problem.

If car problems are taking over your life, talk to Norman Taylor & Associates before you try to find a solution with your automaker. Our team has been serving clients since 1987, and Attorney Taylor wrote the book on lemon law.

Discuss your case with us at (888) 449-7639 or request a consultation online today.

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