Detroit, MI — June 30, 2015 — Major manufacturers have been adding more vehicles to the recall numbers in light of the Takata airbag inflator difficulties. According to the Associated Press, General Motors is one of these companies, including hundreds of thousands of Pontiac Vibes from across North America produced within a four year period in their recall.
As with the other Takata recalls, the reason for this one remains the same: airbag inflators could explode, sending dangerous shrapnel into the vehicle’s interior that could hurt the passengers, perhaps fatally.
A total of more than 243,000 Vibes have been included in this recall, which the source says were co-designed by Toyota. That company has also undertaken a further expansion of its original Takata airbag recall by adding millions of vehicles to it earlier this month.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also recently announced that it had successfully tracked every vehicle with a defective Takata airbag system installed and uploaded Vehicle Identification Numbers for easy reference. Anthony Fox, the United States Secretary of Transportation, recently said that this tool will play a role in addressing the amount of vehicles out there that still have these faulty systems installed.
“An informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired,” he said. “NHTSA’s VIN search tool at safercar.gov makes it easy for consumers to check if their vehicle is affected by the recall, and to take action in getting the air bags replaced.”
Functioning recall systems effectively communicate relevant information so dealers and consumers will benefit and be able to reduce the possible amount of further accidents. Even though the investigation into Takata-related problems seems ongoing, proper recall action can be a sort of antidote to the increasing number of cars added to the effort.