New Takata Recall: Defective Inflators

Air bag manufacturer Takata has issued a new recall involving air bags that were built with non-azide driver inflators (NADI). This is separate from the ongoing air bag inflator recalls that affect over 41 million vehicles.

What’s Going On?

The issue with the recalled air bags is that defective inflators could explode, or cause the air bag to not inflate correctly. Currently, a faulty seal on the inflator is thought to be the cause of the problem. When the inflator isn’t properly sealed, it can allow moisture to get into the propellant that is used to inflate the air bag. This can make the inflator malfunction, leading to a few potential problems:

  • slow air bag deployment during a crash (preventing air bag from providing intended protection)
  • aggressive inflator deployment or explosion (metal parts could cause serious injury or death)

Vehicles Impacted by the Recall

Automobiles containing NADI inflators were manufactured by Audi, BMW, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Toyota. Vehicle manufacturers are still determining the exact vehicles that contain these defective inflators. You can check your VIN here to see if your vehicle is part of a recall.

Here are the recalls as of December 31, 2019:

BMW
1999-2001 323i, 325i, 328i, 330i
2000-2001 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, 323iT, 325iT

Mitsubishi
1998-2000 Montero

More vehicles will be added to the recall, so it’s a good idea to check your VIN regularly and be on the lookout for notices about your vehicle. If your automobile is part of a recall, get it fixed immediately when repair parts are available.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product or automobile accident, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.

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