Blowback

July 8th, 2018

Cars and trucks are a lot safer than they used to be. There have been numerous developments in safety over the years. In light of that though, the last thing we expect to be hurt by in a car accident is the so-called “safety” features.The Takata company made airbags for over 30 car makers. These airbags were used in both cars and trucks, work vehicles and luxury cars. Unfortunately over 70 million vehicles have been recalled because the airbags had serious problems.

Yes, problems – plural. They didn’t have a problem that made them unsafe, but they had multiple problems. Not only did they suffer from manufacturing problems, but they used materials that degraded in humidity and used ammonium nitrate as a propellant for the inflation device, even after some of their employees pointed out that ammonium nitrate has the nasty habit of exploding.

And explode they did. They have caused a number of deaths and injuries. Instead of just inflating the airbag to minimize injuries in the event of a car crash they threw fragments like a grenade. We hope you haven’t been injured because of an exploding airbag. If you have, give us a call.

Even if you haven’t – check out the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administrations website here. to see if your car was on the recall list. If so, don’t blow it off. Your life may depend on it.

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