The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a warning about vehicles that have a “high risk” of a Takata airbag ruptures, and have asked owners to stop driving immediately.
Nearly 70 million cars have been recalled for Takata airbags, making it the largest and most complex recall in U.S. automotive history. But of those 70 million, the government is looking for 313,000 which are at a particularily high risk of rupturing. The vehicles include:
The vehicles were recalled and according to data about 70% have been repaired. That leaves 313,000 vehicles that need immediate attention. While there have been replacement parts shortages, NHTSA says parts will be available for these vehicles right away.
Beyond the defects, two important factors can increase the chance of ruptures:
- Time since these vehicles are all over a decade old, they are at higher risk
- Location vehicles in areas of high humidity — Florida, Texas, the Gulf Coast, Southern California — are particularly vulnerable.
Lab testing shows inflators in these cars have a failure rate of 50%.
“With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.”