Millions of vehicles across seven major automakers have been recalled due to a defect in the air bags that could cause them to rupture under certain circumstances.
“BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota, will be recalling cars sold in areas where hot, humid weather can potentially affect airbags,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Older vehicles have air bag inflators that have the potential explode. If that was to happen, the air bags might not properly work in a crash and shards from the broken system could fly out and cause injury.
The air bag systems being recalled are made by Takata Corp., a Toyko-based supplier of several auto parts in addition to airbags including steering wheels, seat belts. In recent months, Takata’s air bags have been recalled numerous times. Last year, an estimated 3.4 million older model Honda, Nissan and Toyota vehicles were recalled due to a defect with the propellant in the air bags that posed a risk of fire.
With so many auto recalls being announced on what seems to be a fairly consistent basis, traffic experts worry that less and less people are actually taking their vehicles to be fixed and that is cause for great concern.