Takata airbags are back in the news once again. On April 1, 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acknowledged Nissan’s recall of about 216,000 vehicles due to the potential for the Takata airbags in those vehicles to malfunction, putting occupants at risk. All of the airbags at issue are on the driver’s side according to Nissan.
The first Takata airbag recall occurred in 2008 when Honda recalled about 4,000 vehicles because the airbags could explode upon deployment, spraying metal fragments into the vehicle. The recalls continued in the subsequent years, affecting millions of vehicles in the U.S. and resulting in Takata eventually declaring bankruptcy and selling the company to Key Safety Systems.