It appears that Honda Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and other major automakers have fixed only a fraction of the almost 8 million cars recalled in the last two years to replace the defective Takata Corp. air bags. About 6 percent of affected vehicles recalled by nine carmakers have been remedied, according to Bloomberg News. Calculations by Bloomberg, based on figures provided to the NHTSA, arrived at that number. Honda and Toyota, which have the largest number of recalls, have confided that less than 6 percent have been repaired.
The low rate of repairs makes it very clear that owners who have yet to bring in their affected cars for repairs are at risk of injury and even death. NHTSA demanded automakers broaden their campaigns nationwide after months of allowing limited regional recalls. Takata said the expanded callback could risk lives by aggravating the shortage of replacement parts. The company’s faulty air bags have been linked to as many as six deaths in the U.S. and one in Malaysia, all occurring in Honda cars. Takata’s inflators have injured or killed motorists by deploying with too much force, breaking apart metal parts within the air bag module and shooting them at passengers.
Source: Insurance Journal
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