Unrecalled 85M Takata Air Bags in the US Confirmed by Regulators

Apr 16, 2016 11:44 AM EDT | Alexa Parker


It appears that there are 85M Takata air bag inflators in the US. The regulators affirmed the numbers and the mere values are pressing rising issues for the company and carmakers all across the region.

Safety and reliability are among the features that cars should have. However, the very same aspects that car owners needed are being questioned and scrutinized. Owing to the troubled Takata airbag inflators, the U.S. auto safety regulators stated last Wednesday that there are about 85 million unrecalled Takata airbag inflators in U.S. vehicles that will need to be eventually recalled unless the company can prove they are safe, according to a report posted by CNBC.

A total of 70 to 90 million unrecalled Takata air bag inflators are still out in the open in the cities of the United States. Even though Takata is under an agreement, the airbag inflator maker needs to assure the public and the nation that the unrecalled air bag inflators are safe for use before the end of 2019, added the report.

Additional insight rendered by CBS News indicated that the recall would not be an easy task at all. It would be troublesome and burdensome for Takata and its constituents. Not to mention the cars that are affected by the glitch.

Nevertheless, the need to recall the affected cars is vital and crucial. The Federal regulators confirmed the loss of life in the United States due to the malfunctioned feature of the airbag inflators. It also caused the death of a 17-year-old high school senior Huma Hanif. "This is the actual airbag and the hole where the metal came through," deputy Dan Beckworth said.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls added, "Almost like a shotgun blast penetrating and unfortunately this piece struck Huma in the back and took her life. Sad, tragic." In terms of records, Huma's death is the tenth incident linked to the defective air bag inflators made by Takata. Because of the safety issue, Takata has faced intense scrutiny and criticisms from all four corners of the globe.

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