This is a quick update for the Toyota airbag recall in early November, 2014. This brand might not be the largest name within the list of automakers making up cars recalled for faulty Takata airbags, but they have made some controversial statements in regard to how far they will go to fix cars involved in the 2014 Takata airbag recall.
You have most likely seen the early numbers for this recall that involved not only Toyota, but also GM, Nissan, Honda, and other big names. The Takata airbag recall list was expanded to just under 8-million fairly quickly towards the end of October, although some doubt the real international reach is known.
Extreme measures by Toyota for their airbag recall – the main problem for Takata is meeting demand for airbags needed. This demand is not only for fixes to airbag recalls, but also new cars that need airbags as well.
Many of the automakers are keeping silent on how they will manage this shortage of airbags. Toyota is one of those that decided to speak up, but its plans could involve disabling defective airbags if they don’t have enough replacements to fix around 800,000 Toyota cars involved in the Takata airbag recall. Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman, commented directly on this possibility when she stated it’s something they’re “prepared to do”.
Toyota: if parts are unavailable dealers advised to disable the airbags/affix “Do Not Sit Here” message on dashboard http://t.co/88wwpHUFE8
— a proper gander (@thxUSA) October 28, 2014
Some people feel this is the wrong move, as one Product Reviews reader stated “only a small percentage of these airbags could explode in a crash, so why disable airbags and risk people’s lives”.
Looking back at past recalls for Toyota is quite revealing, especially when you consider a Toyota recall last year involving nearly 900,000 cars was to fix a problem that could disable airbags. It’s a strange u-turn when you consider they might disable airbags if they cannot replace them within the 2014 Takata airbag recall.
— Hacker News (@HNTweets) October 20, 2013
We previously reported that the NHTSA was looking into the airbag recall fixes and sent letters to all automakers involved. It’s also interesting that NHTSA has apparently given Toyota permission to disable the airbags, although normally this would be illegal. Would you rather a passenger airbag to be disabled if it cannot be replaced within a timely manner?