Report: Traffic Death in Florida Could Be Related to Takata Airbags

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
report traffic death in florida could be related to takata airbags

The Takata airbag story just won't die.

It's been almost 10 years since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started one of the largest recalls in automotive history. That recall centered on airbag supplier Takata.

Over the years, nearly 20 people have died due to Takata's faulty airbags, and hundreds have been injured. According to Autoblog, one more fatality might be added to the list.

A man killed in a crash in Pensacola, Florida, last mont, might be the 20th victim, at least in the U.S. He was driving a 2006 Ford Ranger that was involved in a minor crash, and the airbag's inflator exploded, which meant shrapnel hit the driver.

Despite the massive recall effort, there are, according to Autoblog, "millions" of vehicles out there that never got fixed, mostly because the owners aren't aware that their car is one of the affected ones.

Not only that, but as recently as 2019, new vehicles were added to the recall list by automakers. The recall affects upwards of 67 million airbags.

If you're not sure if your car is under recall and needs to be fixed, you can check here and enter your VIN.

It's a bit amazing that Takata airbags remain a threat to this day, and that people are still being hurt and killed. The repercussions of a corporate screw-up truly can linger.

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Aug 05, 2022

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  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Aug 06, 2022

    I read an account where ford went to the owners house to fix the airbag. Some people.....

  • Sobro Sobro on Aug 06, 2022

    My 2012 Yukon had only the passenger side ignitor recalled. Makes me wonder what penny pinching GM did for the driver's airbag.

    • NormSV650 NormSV650 on Sep 21, 2022

      Most GM vehicles didn't need a Takata airbags recall as their engineering had them redesigned.


      GM says the window glass used in the vehicles helps to protect the cabins from high temperatures which in turn helps to keep the inflators cooler. In addition, the airbags allegedly have more venting and special propellant wafers unique to GM vehicles...GM hired a scientific research company called Orbital ATK to test the inflators and in December 2016, the automaker said no Takata airbag inflators had exploded out of 44,000 deployments. In addition, no inflators had ruptured in lab tests of more than 1,000 inflators.. Carcomplaints

  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Aug 29, 2022

    Could be, but it is more likely that a traffic feath in Florida is some old fnck stroking out behind the wheel of their Avalon.