So far 24 million vehicles from 14 different makes have been recalled to fix potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata. However, Senator Bill Nelson of Florida believes this isn’t enough.
According to Japan Today, Nelson has urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to order a recall of all Takata airbag inflators in U.S. cars. Said inflators can explode and have already been linked to nine deaths in America.
Nelson said the current approach of issuing recalls piecemeal “appears to be confusing many consumers” who wonder if their cars have an unsafe airbag that hasn’t been recalled. NHTSA officials, on the other hand, claim that they don’t have the data yet to justify a recall of every Takata inflator. The agency has given Takata until the end of 2018 to solve the problem or issue a blanket recall.
Experts say as many as 50 million Takata airbag inflators are found in cars that have yet to be called for repairs. Owners must either convince a dealer to take apart the car to look or get the automaker to tell them, which can prove tricky.
Do you think all vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators should systematically be recalled?