The federal government is releasing more detailed data about Takata airbag repair numbers.
Priority Groups 1-8 Completion Rates
NHTSA is providing a closer breakdown of completion rate percentages for priority groups 1 to 8 through December or January of 2018, depending on the automaker reporting. Because the recall includes an estimated 37 million vehicles, NHSTA devised a grouping system to fix the highest risk airbags first. (Airbags exposed to high heat and humidity for extended periods of time pose the highest risk of exploding in the event of a deployment. )The NHTSA has identified 12 groups in all and more could be added in the future. You can find more specific information about vehicle priority groups here.
You can find even more specific data on various automaker completion rates on the NHTSA website.
The defective Takata airbags being recalled have a chemical propellant that can explode with too much force when deployed. They are now linked to at least 21 deaths. The latest death was confirmed this month by the Florida Highway Patrol. It involved an accident that killed a 34-year-old mother who died last July after airbags deployed in her 2002 Honda Accord.
As of October 27, 2017, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had reported a total of 19,638,969 total airbags, both passenger- and driver-side, have been repaired, for a nearly 46.8% completion rate.
We urge you to also head to www.safercar.gov to check your specific VIN as recalls continue to expand in early 2018.
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