You might have thought that over the time that we’ve know the airbags from this manufacturer were faulty they would be completely off the market, but that’s not the case. In fact the reality is many manufacturers purchase bulk order of these airbags several years ago because they were so inexpensive and were supposed to give us the right way to stay safe and an airbag that would keep us from hitting our heads on the steering wheel or dashboard in case of a crash. So much the opposite has been found where these airbags are concerned.
Since the recalls began there have been eleven deaths in the US alone that are linked to this airbag and countless more in other countries. This Takata airbag was widely sold to nearly every manufacturer and was supposed to be the new standard for the airbag systems in our vehicles. It seems we should be able to stop talking about them after two and half years, but these airbags keep popping up in the vehicles of different manufacturers as being faulty and needing to be recalled. This time is a few names that will certainly catch your eye and surprise you to know they have airbag issues.
The names of the companies with the faulty airbags are McLaren, Tesla and Ferrari. Yes, these three makers of supercars and high priced luxury vehicles have the faulty Takata airbags in them. Right now this new recall will be affecting ever 2012-2016 Tesla Model S, the entire lineup form McLaren, and the entire lineup from Ferrari from the 2016 and 2017 model years. This also affects the 2017 Audi R8, the 2012 Lexus LFA and the Fisker Karma that have all been added to the list of vehicles that need to have this recall handled right away.
How can automakers continue to use and sell vehicles with Takata airbags in them when this recall began over two years ago? This isn’t going to be an easy answer to explain, but rather than stop production while another supplier is found these companies, and many others, continued production. These Takata airbags take time to deteriorate and the companies knew they would have to recall the vehicles once a new supplier was found. This gives you an idea of how much of the automotive market these airbags covered and what they meant to automakers. The time it takes to find another supplier and bring them online wasn’t worth the cost of missed sales.
While that might not be the most appropriate answer, it’s the one that’s most accurate. Unfortunately, when these airbags do deteriorate and turn faulty they could potential inflate and spray deadly metal shrapnel into the cabin, which is what has linked them to so many deaths already. If you feel like you have a vehicle that might be on the recall list for this airbag or you just want to know for sure you should visit the NHTSA site and see if your vehicle is listed for this recall.