Recalls are more commonplace than we like to admit, and they can really ruin your day. From trying to figure out if your vehicle is one of the affected automobiles, or if it’s legal to sell the vehicle without getting the recall repaired, there’s a lot of factors to take consider that can make owning a vehicle even more of a hassle than it normally is.
While there was one unique incident when Ram recalled a single truck, most recalls include thousands of vehicles.
Toyota is no stranger to recalls, and the current hot ticket item for the Japanese automaker revolves around airbags. According to Consumer Reports, Toyota is recalling over 90,000 vehicles. The catch is that they’ve already replaced these airbags once. If you drive a Toyota Tundra, your truck is most likely on the recall list. Again.
Toyota Tundra airbag recall
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, you might be surprised to learn that it began in 2016. Fortune reports that GM, Volkswagen, Jaguar, BMW, and Mercedes Benz were all forced to recall nearly 2.5 million vehicles.
The reason for the massive recall that affected so many different automakers revolved around a single airbag manufacturer by the name of Takata. Since then, the NY Daily News reports that Honda, Acura, Chevy, Ford, Daimler, Cadillac, Audi, Ferrari, Infiniti, Honda, Mazda, Jeep, Saab, McLaren, Subaru, Tesla, Saturn, Mercury, Lincoln, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Pontiac have joined the ranks, also being forced to issue recalls.
The faulty Takata airbags
While many recalls have simple fixes that are more of an annoyance than anything, this isn’t the case with the Takata air bags.
CBS News reports that the problem lies in the chemicals used to deploy the airbags. Takata used ammonium nitrate as its main ingredient. It obviously performed well in lab tests, but it was later discovered that high humidity causes the ammonium nitrate to deteriorate.
The NHTSA has become heavily involved in this issue, and reports, “Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.”
Over 41.6 million vehicles have been impacted by this recall.
Toyota’s second round of recalls
This isn’t the first round of recalls for Toyota regarding the Takata airbags. According to CBS News, Toyota originally replaced the faulty Takata airbags with more Takata airbags. This may have been a good move for Takata, as it gave the airbag manufacturer a chance to redeem itself, but as it turns out, the replacement airbags are faulty as well.
The new airbags, unlike the originals, fail to inflate upon impact. Once again, the problem seems to be associated with high temperatures.
Toyota Tundra recalls
If you’ve already replaced your airbag, you may be frustrated to learn that you may be due for a second recall. One of the affected vehicles is the Toyota Tundra. According to Consumer Reports, the trucks that are being recalled are the 2003-2006 models.
Since most drivers who pick the Toyota Tundra do so because of the high safety ratings and off-road ability, this can be frustrating. After having replaced your airbag once, you probably assumed the problem was fixed and that’s not the case.
To check and see if your Tundra is a part of the recall, you can call the Toyota Customer Service number at 888-270-9371. Another option is to check the NHTSA website for new recalls. If your vehicle is recalled, don’t hesitate to get it repaired. It’s better to deal with it now rather than put yourself and loved ones in danger.
While the multiple recalls are sure to give even the most patient individuals a headache, Toyota is not using Takata airbags this round. Hopefully this will put an end to the nightmare for many families who have lost loved ones due to the faulty airbags.