The latest announcements concerning auto recalls included a recent campaign to add more vehicles to the list of Takata air bag-related recalls.
As the number of vehicles impacted by this issue increases, drivers remain unsure of what to expect. But until the real fix comes, what should drivers do about this recall, sit and wait?
Company Incapable Of Keeping Up With Recall Demands
The reality is eerie for those who own vehicles that are still not fixed even after being recalled for the Takata air bags. The devices come with inflators that are made of metal. In the event of a collision, these inflators may explode. As a result, the metal parts may shred and the fragments may impact the driver or other occupants. At least five deadly incidents associated with these problems have been reported.
But for the last several months, drivers remain afraid. Honda, Nissan, GM vehicles and others remain under a list of cars that cannot get the fix they require mostly because Takata hasn’t been able to produce enough replacement parts for all recalled units.
When asked whether they fear for their lives each time they sit behind the wheel, several drivers claim that yes. Some even go as far as pushing their seat back as far as possible before they hit the road.
As automakers continue to press Takata Corporation due to the low number of replacement parts, drivers continue to refer to dealerships for more information. But unfortunately for some drivers, dealers are not being able to respond to the great volume of calls. As a result, some car owners are being able to manage with rentals as others continue to drive the defective cars.
In spite of what companies are telling their customers, drivers who are directly impacted by the Takata air bag recall continue to push for greater scrutiny. To some, the deadly air bag issue should not be taken lightly and automakers should be held accountable for not making sure impacted vehicles are fixed immediately.
But pressuring the companies alone may not be enough. According to the California New Car Dealership Association, the high demand for the parts is resulting in a backlog.
As dealerships blame the manufacturers and the manufacturers blame Takata, nobody seems to take responsibility for the issue. According tot he parts maker, its factories have stepped up the production of air bag replacement kits. By September 2015, the company will be producing 900,000 replacement kits monthly. Until the Takata air bag issue is addressed and replacement parts for all vehicles are manufactured, consumers will continue to experience the same fear each time they take the wheel of their recalled vehicles.
Since 2008, the company has launched recall campaigns that impacted several million air bag inflators. If you’re curious to know more about the recall and how the manufacturers are dealing with the issue, click here.