Thousands and thousands of automobiles with faulty airbags are nonetheless on the highway regardless of years of recollects and not less than 37 deaths allegedly linked to the protection gadgets, in response to a brand new investigation.
Takata airbags — which might degrade in warmth and humidity then explode when activated, killing passengers with shrapnel — are nonetheless put in in 14 million US automobiles and tens of millions extra around the globe, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
That’s regardless of a years-long effort to recall and exchange the airbags, which have been put in in 42 million automobiles worldwide.
Carmakers concerned within the recall embrace Honda, Toyota, Ford, Normal Motors, Tesla and Mercedes-Benz.
Wednesday’s report highlighted the story of Janett Perez, an American citizen who lived within the Mexican metropolis of Merida.
Perez was driving her used Honda CR-V final December when one other automotive backed into hers, reportedly inflicting the Honda’s faulty airbag to shoot a chunk of metallic into her neck and kill her.
Perez’s husband, Ruy Drisaldi, advised Bloomberg that the couple had not obtained a single warning that the automotive was underneath recall.
“I now understand all of the years we had that automotive, we have been driving with a gun pointed to our heads,” he stated. “Somebody must be held accountable.”
Honda didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Takata, which filed for chapter in 2017 amid airbag-related litigation, couldn’t be reached for remark.
Within the US, accidents involving the lethal Takata airbags have killed 19 individuals, most lately this April when a South Carolina driver was killed by a Takata airbag in a 2002 Honda Accord.
In an announcement after the accident, Honda stated the car had been underneath recall since 2011 and stated the corporate had made greater than 100 makes an attempt to succeed in the car’s proprietor, together with by way of telephone calls and in-person visits.
Whereas Honda says its efforts to implement the recall within the US have been substantial, Bloomberg reported that the corporate has completed much less outreach in Mexico.
Honda has fastened 72 % of its recalled automobiles in Mexico, in comparison with 89 % within the US, in response to Bloomberg. Normal Motors has reportedly fastened simply 36 % of automobiles with Takata baggage in Mexico.
Different international locations the place individuals have been reportedly killed by the faulty airbags embrace Australia, Brazil and China. Worldwide, a complete of 37 individuals have allegedly been killed and 450 have been injured.