For nearly two years your personal injury attorneys here at Colson Hicks Eidson have been following the Takata Recall. And over those years we’ve seen this recall take many twists and turns, but the government has finally had enough. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered Takata to recall all of its ammonium nitrate powered inflators that do not contain a drying agent (known as a “desiccant”). And now, months later, this final expansion is finally getting underway.
Mazdas That Go Boom Boom Instead Of Zoom Zoom
It looks like Mazda is going to be one of the first automakers to begin recalling vehicles under this latest expansion. The automaker is recalling almost 4,000 B-Series pickup trucks. The recall includes pickups built from 2006-2009 that were sold all over the country. However, it’s anticipated that the recall will focus on southern states and territories first.
This recall will focus on B-Series passenger-side airbags, since the vehicle’s driver-side airbags don’t use the recalled inflators. So far no airbag-related deaths have been linked to Mazda B-Series trucks. However, the government is taking no chances. August 16th is when Mazda is expected to begin this recall.
Auto manufacturers all over the world probably weren’t looking forward to an expansion of the Takata recall. This recall was already the largest in automotive history, but it is also becoming one of the most expensive. Experts estimate that billions could be spent fixing this airbag catastrophe, but how many lives could also be saved?