Takata Airbags Remain in 6.4 Million Vehicles

By Staff Writer June 03, 2024
The Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive safety recall in history. The Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive safety recall in history.

Ten years after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandated the recall of Takata airbags nationwide because of the risk they pose for bodily harm – or even death – to occupants, more than 6.4 million vehicles in the U.S. still have those airbags, according to CARFAX data released last week.

More than 2.5 million – roughly 40% of all these unfixed vehicles – are located in states that NHTSA calls Zone A, according to CARFAX vehicle history data. These states “pose the highest threat to safety” because of their high heat and humidity. They are Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas.

Fourteen states have 150,000 or more unfixed vehicles with Takata airbags:

*Texas: 788,00, *California: 739,000, *Florida: 305,000, N.C: 216,000, Ohio: 209,000, NY: 206,000, Pennsylvania: 204,000, Tennessee: 202,000, *Arizona: 201,000, *Georgia: 199,000, Illinois: 167,000, Michigan: 164,000, Indiana: 154,000, *Alabama: 151,000.  *Zone A states

Extended exposure to heat and humidity can cause Takata airbag inflators to deploy far more explosively than expected. That excessive force can launch pieces of metal surrounding the inflator into a vehicle’s cabin like shrapnel, posing a high risk to occupants. NHTSA says 27 people in the U.S. have been killed by these airbags and at least 400 have been injured. More than 67 million airbags in more than 40 million vehicles have been recalled in models from 19 automakers.

“Even after a decade of a dedicated and committed effort by the vehicle manufacturers, government, non-profits and businesses, it’s concerning that so many affected vehicles continue to be driven on U.S. roads with these potentially dangerous airbags sitting inside,” said Faisal Hasan, CARFAX General Manager for Data. “It’s easy to see recall fatigue settle in for many consumers, but they need to act. We know that raising the alarm with local media can make that happen urgently. Getting an airbag replaced is quick, free to them, and could save the life of a loved one – or their own!”

Consumers can check to see if their vehicle has an unfixed recall by going to Carfax.com/recall and entering either their Vehicle Identification Number or their license plate information. CARFAX will tell them instantly – for free – if there’s an unfixed recall.

In addition, CARFAX is working with the Alliance for Automotive Innovation to involve more states with the Vehicle Recall Search Service. The Vehicle Recall Search Service is used by Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, New York State, Ohio, and Texas to alert residents to open safety recalls and get them fixed. Launched in 2018 as a completely free system, the Vehicle Recall Search Service has checked more than 5.8 billion vehicles since its launch 6 years ago.


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