Starting on March 31st, the callback shouldn’t take too much in labor, coming at no cost to the customer. The inflators take a turn for the worse after exposure to humidity and hot-cold temperature cycles. Chemical changes in the explosive charge can (and surely) happen, and upon impact, the airbag could rupture as a consequence. So far, Takata shrapnel has been responsible for the deaths of 24 and injuries of more than 200 people worldwide.
Takata doesn’t exist anymore, having been acquired by Key Safety Systems after filing for bankruptcy. Three of the higher-ups were convicted of falsifying data in regard to the airbag’s performance (or lack thereof), which goes to show how far corporate greed can go.
It should be mentioned McLaren will replace the passenger-side airbags, not the driver’s airbag. “The replacement inflator uses revised technology which does not degrade over time,” assures the British automaker, who urges owners to contact the closest retailer for further information.
In the ballpark of 41.6 million vehicles equipped with 56 million Takata airbags are under recall, and by December 2019, the total number of recalled airbags will balloon to 70 million. In this mess-up, the role of the NHTSA in the United States is to order automakers to accelerate their repair programs as much as possible.
“Phasing and prioritizing repair parts is important since it was not possible for all of the replacement parts to be available right away,” reads a statement from the agency, “and some vehicles were at much higher risk of a dangerous air bag explosion than others.”