As per a United States Senate report, automakers Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz have cars on the market currently, that still have defective airbags made by Takata. It’s apparently still legal to do so, however safety groups are blasting the companies for not being responsible enough to switch these airbags, prior to selling the vehicles.
One who is speaking out, from the group of advocates, is Bill Nelson, Florida Senator, stating the report shows there is a failure from some auto manufacturers and regulators to level with the public regarding the true scope of this airbag issue. Regardless, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) state these airbags by Takata are not dangerous, until they exposed to high levels of humidity, over the long-term. The airbags in these cars will be proclaimed faulty, by 2018; and these car companies will have to organize recalls then. Both auto manufacturers state they will give their clients sufficient time, when it comes to recalls conducted in the future.
The cars being placed under this Takata airbag controversy spotlight, include: almost every new Ferrari being sold currently (FF, 488 GTB, California T, 488 Spider, CTC4Lusso, F12, as well as the F12tdf). Additionally, Mercedes’s 2016/17 E-Class coupe and convertible, and its Sprinter model have these faulty airbags too.
MSN reports that perhaps the judgement on these companies should not be too harsh, as they seemingly are not the only auto manufacturers selling defective airbags. Nelson goes on to state that of the 17 car makers, seven have claimed the very same action. Another report from the U.S. Senate indicates Mitsubishi, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, as well as Toyota are also were selling vehicles cars with faulty airbags made from Takata. Some models include: 2016 Audi TT, 2016 Volkswagen CC, 2017 Audi R8, 2016 and 2017 Mitsubishi, as well as a variety of others.
Still, all fingers are pointing to Takata, who has been under scrutiny for not using a drying instrument, when making its airbags. Incidentally enough, the airbags are produced with ammonium nitrate, which can breakdown, if it is exposed to moisture. As such, Takata’s airbags are prone to explode with force, when this reaction is triggered. The end results? Dangerous metal pieces can potentially shatter through the inside of the vehicle, potentially causing injury, and death.