If you follow the news like we do, then chances are you've heard about the massive recall concerning Takata airbags. The safety recall, which now covers an estimated 34 million vehicles, was issued because of numerous reports of injuries, both serious and fatal, when the airbags exploded violently in crashes. In some cases, the force of the explosion was so much, shrapnel was expelled from the bags, striking and injuring passengers in the process.
Considered to be the "largest safety recall in U.S. history" by the Detroit Free Press, the most recent recall is a culmination of more than seven years of investigation into airbag problems by Takata. According to an article by Automotive News, the airbag manufacturer has been diligently trying to determine the cause of the violent explosions. Unfortunately, it has been unable to pinpoint a cause, which means that the replacements it has already installed in reaction to the safety issue may not be any safer.