Airbags are at the center of a giant recall of more than three million
vehicles, as Christopher Jensen reports for the NY Times, including Toyotas,
Hondas, Nissans, and Mazdas. The driver's side airbag is "excessively
powerful," as Jensen reports, which could send metal shards into
the cabin in a
This recall is the latest in ongoing trouble with these airbags. Honda
has apparently admitted to two deaths (and 18 injuries) from these airbags
in crashes, which prompted an earlier recall in 2008.
Takata Corp. is the company that makes the airbags. Its airbags have been
sold to a variety of automakers, including General Motors and BMW, along
with all the Japanese automakers mentioned above.
First, a negligent driver who is speeding or texting crashes into you.
Second, the airbag deploys and metal shards spray out. You can expect
there to be bad drivers on the road. You don't usually expect safety
devices like airbags to make things worse.
When you get into a wreck, you expect that the safety equipment on your
vehicle will operate as it should, and not cause more harm than good.
That doesn't appear to be the case with these airbags.
Japanese automakers recall 3.3 million vehicles