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Texas recall highlights danger of Takata airbags in heat

The Takata airbag recall has been plaguing consumers and automakers for the past year, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon. A new recall that just launched in Texas indicates possible new dangers when cars are left in the sun for long periods of time.

Hundreds of thousands of vehicles in San Antonio have been recalled to repair Takata airbags that were not designed for hot weather, which causes them to spontaneously inflate. When inflated, some airbags spray metal fragments into the vehicle. Across all of Texas, an estimated 1.7 million vehicles are affected by this new recall.

Overall, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 37 million vehicles across the country have been affected by 50 million defective Takata airbags, and more recalls will roll out over the next year. These airbags have been known to cause serious injury or even death.

Takata airbags in California

While no heat issues have been reported for vehicles in California yet, knowing that cars with Takata airbags can deploy after hours in the sun is worth keeping an eye on, as a recall could come to other hot-weather states in the future.

When buying a car, dealership should disclose if a used vehicle manufactured between 2003 and 2013 (the general period when the faulty bags were installed in most vehicles) has a Takata airbag. They have a duty to make a reasonable number of attempts to repair defects in the vehicle and should make the consumer aware of the capability of these vehicle components.

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