There’s a reason why we don’t see problem with airbags these days — it seems like the auto industry would learn their lessons and know that automotive safety is paramount. That’s why we have this Takata airbags scandal to learn from:
What Exactly Went on With Those Takata Airbags?
The Japanese automotive supplier knew all about airbags for years, actually. But something got missed in a memo saying that the Takata airbags between 2000 and 2008 weren’t doing the job they were supposed to do, risking the lives of many drivers. And this was a big deal precisely due to this fact: Takata airbags were installed in vehicles for ten of the globe’s greatest automakers!
That’s about 17MM vehicles, for those wanting turnkey mathematics. Talk about a big Takata airbags scandal resulting in arguably one of the heftiest recalls known to the automotive industry. We can guess that Volkswagen can relate regarding their emissions scandal….
The problem with those Takata airbags was the fact that they were apparently affected by moisture, also deploying with excessive force. This could cause fatal injuries when the Takata airbags were meant to provide safety. The New York Times, of course, exposed the issue, alleging that Honda and Takata knew about that fatal flaw, which resulted in the government fining Honda a pretty wicked $70MM. What’s sad about that is this: Honda wasn’t even responsible!
It was Takata, facing fines of $14K for each day they didn’t cooperate with the federal investigation.
But Here’s the Scariest Thing About This Scandal….
Because of how expansive this worldwide scandal is regarding the Takata airbags, it turns out that there still may be as many as 30MM vehicles out there with those exact same airbags. You better be careful; you might be driving a death trap. Pretty frightening, don’t you think?