The Takata airbag recall is now considered the largest and most complex safety recall in the history of the United States and is being referred to as The Ticking Time Bomb.
This recall is expected to affect more than 37 million vehicles consisting of:
In 2014, Jewel Brangman, 26 years old, was killed as a result of metal shrapnel that was released by a faulty airbag.
Ms. Brangman was an aspiring actress and was on her way to Los Angeles.
She was driving a rental 2001 Honda Civic.
Ms. Jewel was involved in a fender bender that caused her airbag to deploy.
Metal shrapnel was released and hit her carotid artery.
Whether or not the airbag should have even deployed has been brought to attention.
The damage done to the car was said to be minimal and something Jewel should have walked away from.
Instead, the damage left her brain dead and eventually led to her death.
Her father, Alexander Brangman, filed a lawsuit, and since then Takata has been under investigation.
There is speculation that Takata internally knew that certain ammonium nitrate-based inflators were not performing to required specifications and that certain inflators had sustained failures, including ruptures, during testing.