After a massive recall of 34 million vehicles in the U.S., what are the odds that your car is affected?
Since May 1, Takata has detonated 27,000 airbag inflators that were recovered from recalled cars for testing purposes and the results were worse than the company originally disclosed. When activated, the defective inflators can explode, hurling shrapnel at the occupants of the vehicle. The root cause of the issue has still not been found, though moisture seeping into the propellant and changing its chemical structure is a major contributor to the problem.
Drivers of the 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Pontiac Vibe and the 2004-2007 Honda Accord are at the highest risk of an airbag failure at 2.16 percent. Breaking that down, that means that roughly one in 46 of those vehicles has a defective airbag.
The next highest risk was found in passenger-side airbags installed in the 2001-2006 Honda Civic and 2003 Accord. Those vehicles have a 0.51-percent failure rate, which is about 1 in every 97 cars.
From the SPI passenger-side airbag inflators family, there was a 0.90 failure rate. These were supplied to Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, GM, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. An additional inflator type, supplied to Honda, BMW, Chrysler, Ford and Mazda, failed 0.07 percent of the time.
The majority of the inflators that failed came from high humidity regions like Puerto Rico or along the Gulf of Mexico, but five inflators from States without high humidity, like Illinois and Pennsylvania, also failed.
In total, Takata knows of 84 airbag ruptures in the U.S. which have resulted in at least 139 injuries and six deaths.