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AutoNation Suspends Sales Of Vehicles With Takata Airbags

A report in the Wall Street Journal revealed that AutoNation, one of the largest pre-owned vehicle dealers in America, would suspend sales of vehicles on the Takata airbag recall list. A recall notice has been issued on more than 7.8 million vehicles with Takata airbags due to a defect that causes them to expel metal shards when the airbag deploys. The defect has been linked to at least 30 injuries and four fatalities.

AutoNation CEO: Takata Airbags Create “Difficult Situation”

Mike Jackson, the Chief Executive Officer of AutoNation, told the Journal that the extensive Takata airbag recall has left the company facing conflicting policies from the various affected automakers. Thousands of vehicles from the major U.S. and Japanese manufacturers have been targeted by the Takata airbag recall. Each automaker has issued different procedures on how to protect customers, ranging from warning stickers to airbag removal.

“We have a very difficult situation on our hands,” Mr. Jackson told the Journal. “Every manufacturer has a different policy.”

High Humidity Affects Takata Airbags

The flaw in the Takata airbag design is believed to be related to the chemical propellant in the airbag deployment system. The chemical may be altered in conditions of high humidity, causing the system to expel sharp-edged metal pieces from the airbag assembly. The Takata airbag recall has thus far been limited to areas with consistently high temperatures and high humidity, including Florida, Hawaii, and areas along the Gulf Coast. Residents of U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands are also subject to the recall.

Waiting For Takata Airbag Repair Parts

One of the automakers most affected by the Takata airbag recall is Honda, with 2.8 million vehicles on the recall list. The automaker does not expect to receive the parts needed to repair the system for several months. In some instances, the company has recommended that mechanics disable the Takata airbag deployment system and include a warning sticker stating that passengers should not sit in the front seat.

Find Vehicles With Takata Airbags

With millions of vehicles and at least ten automakers affected by the Takata airbag recall, car owners are seeking information on their specific vehicles. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recently established a website where vehicle owners could enter their 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number to see if their car has the defective Takata airbag. The website gives owners information on any outstanding recalls issued on the vehicle in the last 15 years, but does not disclose the owner’s personal information.

Source: Consumerist

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