Millions of automobiles with faulty airbags are still on the street despite years of remembers and at the least 37 deaths allegedly linked to the security gadgets, in accordance with a brand new investigation.
Takata airbags — which may degrade in warmth and humidity then explode when activated, killing passengers with shrapnel — are still put in in 14 million US automobiles and thousands and thousands extra all over the world, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
That’s despite a years-long effort to recall and change the airbags, which have been put in in 42 million automobiles worldwide.
Carmakers concerned within the recall embody Honda, Toyota, Ford, General Motors, Tesla and Mercedes-Benz.
Wednesday’s report highlighted the story of Janett Perez, an American citizen who lived within the Mexican metropolis of Merida.
Perez was driving her used Honda CR-V final December when one other automotive backed into hers, reportedly inflicting the Honda’s faulty airbag to shoot a bit of metallic into her neck and kill her.
Perez’s husband, Ruy Drisaldi, instructed Bloomberg that the couple had not obtained a single warning that the automotive was below recall.
“I now realize all the years we had that car, we were driving with a gun pointed to our heads,” he mentioned. “Someone needs to be held responsible.”
Honda didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Takata, which filed for chapter in 2017 amid airbag-related litigation, couldn’t be reached for remark.
In the US, accidents involving the lethal Takata airbags have killed 19 folks, most lately this April when a South Carolina driver was killed by a Takata airbag in a 2002 Honda Accord.
In an announcement after the accident, Honda said the car had been below recall since 2011 and mentioned the company had made greater than 100 makes an attempt to succeed in the car’s proprietor, together with by way of cellphone calls and in-person visits.
While Honda says its efforts to implement the recall within the US have been substantial, Bloomberg reported that the company has achieved much less outreach in Mexico.
Honda has fastened 72 % of its recalled cars in Mexico, in comparison with 89 % within the US, in accordance with Bloomberg. General Motors has reportedly fastened simply 36 % of automobiles with Takata luggage in Mexico.
Other nations the place folks have been reportedly killed by the faulty airbags embody Australia, Brazil and China. Worldwide, a complete of 37 folks have allegedly been killed and 450 have been injured.