No matter how much money you have in the bank, there's no escaping the Takata airbag inflator recall. It's already claimed tens of millions of cars, and now it's coming for a number of supercars. Gasp!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added a whole host of expensive cars to the list of vehicles under recall for Takata airbag inflators. The list now includes new and old supercars including the 2012 Ferrari's entire 2016-2017 lineup. Every from 2012-2016 is in there, too, as is the hypercar., , 2016-2017 and
While it's not precisely shocking that expensive cars often carry some components found on cheaper models, it's a little surprising how new some of these cars are. In essence, automakers shipped out cars knowing they would be subject to a future recall, perhaps in part because it was either that or not ship any cars, since replacing a component this vital isn't as easy as calling up another supplier and ordering some new inflators.
Takata's airbag inflators made front-page headlines when it was discovered that the parts, which normally help inflate the airbag during a collision, would instead explode in clouds of shrapnel. Approximately 180 injuries and 11 fatalities have been linked to these parts.
The fault is Takata's -- in the search to save a few dollars, it removed a desiccant (drying agent) from its ammonium nitrate inflators. When exposed to humidity for long periods of time, that moisture turned the inflators into diminutive IEDs. Producing replacement parts is a long process, and not every car under this recall has a replacement part lined up at the moment.
If you're concerned that your car may have a faulty Takata airbag inflator, you can check the full list of affected vehicles on NHTSA's website, which is updated regularly.