Takata Airbag Recall 101
Under the oversight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 19 automakers are recalling vehicles with certain types of airbags.
Even in a minor collision, these airbags could explode and spray metal fragments or shrapnel toward drivers and passengers. At least 17 Americans have been killed and hundreds more injured because of these airbags.
While the recalls affect drivers and passengers across the country, NHTSA research shows that prolonged exposure to high heat and high humidity makes these airbags more dangerous and poses a higher risk of explosion.
The above image is a computer generated simulation of a defective airbag deploying on a crash-test dummy.
Credit: Ford Motor Company