The Honda Accord, one such vehicle subject to the Takata airbag recall (stock image)

Takata Airbag Repairs Reach 11 Million in US

Recalls due to issues with the inflators on Takata air bags has spread throughout the world, and the latest figures on the amount of repairs made in the US has been calculated.

This informaton was published by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) in early October where the current state of recalls of Takata-produced airbags was announced. “The number of recalls has reached 11,388,981.”

Recalls of Takata airbags are being made due to malfunctioning inflators housed within. The process by which gas is formed as well as the aftermath of said gas being formed do not implement proper considerations made for moisture absoption prevention, and there may be airbags that do not include the proper amount of the gas forming agent within them.

Due to this, when the airbag is deployed, the pressure within the airbag inflator raises abnormally high, potentially leading to the airbag rupturing, allowing heat or flames to escape and potentially injuring passengers.

Out of the 11,388,981 repairs performed, 6,253,108 have been for driver side airbags, with 5,135,873 being performed on passenger side airbags. In September of 2015, the NHTSA indicated that 23,400,000 airbags would need to be recalled.

[Translated by Bryce Clarke]