The Takata airbag problem caused "the biggest recall in US history," according to Business Insider, with seemingly every major brand forced to recall vehicles (look to the bottom of this post to see the list). All told, a staggering 30 million vehicles have been recalled.
The problem is one of shrapnel.
"At the heart of the problem," according to Consumer Reports, "is the airbag's inflator, a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers, which in some cases has ignited with explosive force. If the inflator housing ruptures in a crash, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin - a potentially disastrous outcome from a supposedly life-saving device."
In fact, there's nothing "potential" about the deaths and injuries that have already happened from exploding Takata airbags, which are thus far tied to eight deaths and more than 100 injuries.
The latest news comes by way of Ferrari, which has its own unique problem with Takata airbags. As Charles Fleming reports for the Los Angeles Times, Ferrari is the latest automaker to be caught up in the airbag recall. Fleming reports that Ferrari has been forced to recall roughly 2,600 2015 cars.
But in this instance, the driver's side airbags contain a production defect unrelated to the shrapnel issue. This particular defect may cause irregular airbag deployment - to deploy in a rotated orientation, as Business Insider reports - causing possible injuries.
Is Your Car on the List?
The list of automakers forced to issue recalls is long:
- General Motors
To see if your specific make and model has been recalled, search SaferCar.gov by VIN number.