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Widening Takata airbag recall

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:47 am
by jray3
I see that 2012 Tesla Model S airbags by Takata are now being recalled.
http://insideevs.com/tesla-begins-sendi ... -s-owners/
Who made our airbags?
There's still no recall listed for the airbags themselves on NHTSA, though we've been through the airbag sensor and software recalls.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2012/MITS ... WD#recalls

Re: Widening Takata airbag recall

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:02 pm
by Don
Looks like all iMiEV airbags are recalled too

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/tak ... spartanntp

Don

Re: Widening Takata airbag recall

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:36 pm
by jray3
Thanks Don,

I ran my VIN on www.safercar.gov and still get no recall, will stay tuned.

The question arises regarding other airbags. We've got six of 'em in total, after all. If Takata used the same propellant technology in side curtain airbags, they could throw shrapnel too.

Re: Widening Takata airbag recall

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:29 pm
by Phximiev
I received a Carfax notice of recall today. Was later advised by Mark Mitsubishi that they had no replacement at the moment. I'm also not sure what Mitsu would replace it with or who would supply it to them.

See also: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/mi ... 12517.html

Re: Widening Takata airbag recall

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:09 pm
by Aerowhatt
Many Mitsubishi products will be recalled on this issue. Like Don I used the VIN look up and came up empty. But if you go further and use the make model and year look up we are listed. The explanation is that gathering the VIN data and putting it in the data base takes time. Just last year we did the Takata airbag recall service on the 2005 Honda civic which we no longer own. The inflator was replaced with a newer manufacture date inflator identical to the one taken out. This is a time and environment sensitive degradation of the inflator chemistry that causes the explosions of the inflators. the chemicals burn too fast after degrading sufficiently. Looking further this is what is happening for most of the replacements and the scope of defective inflators is massive because Takata is such a large volume supplier. So older vehicles will be recalled first and the rate of replacement is limited by supply. Non Takata or revised chemistry Takata in the numbers required are yet to come online from info available on this issue. Although there are some inaccuracies in this article it is a good overview. Looks like all years on IMiev will be recalled for the air bag inflator (second link).

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news ... /index.htm

https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2012/MITS ... WD#recalls

Aerowhatt

Re: Widening Takata airbag recall

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:31 am
by Don
I received the 'Safety Recall' notice today for both cars - It's for the passenger side airbag and not the drivers though. Time required to do the change is only 0.5 hours

Since my closest iMiEV certified dealer is now 100 miles away, I'll have to get with Mitsu (again) and see if they're willing to pay to get the cars there somehow. The last two recalls were not 'safety related' and they refused any assistance in getting those done, so I've got lots of things that need to be accomplished now - If I do have to pay to get them there, at least I'll be killing three birds (6 actually) with one stone! :lol:

Don

Re: Widening Takata airbag recall

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:51 pm
by jray3
Thanks to Aerowhatt for that excellent explanation. I would've been more comfortable with early notice from Mitsu saying that the car is part of a recall occurring in several phases, with older cars being taken care of first, and that if we have any special considerations (like a carport with a tropical ocean view), to call their hotline.

Don, if your first car hadn't been garaged all this time, I'd be concerned about accelerated degradation of the inflator.

Re: Widening Takata airbag recall

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:18 pm
by PV1
Just got my notices, too.

Being that it only affects the passenger airbag, I'm in no hurry. Very rarely do I have passengers. Besides, have they cleared up that the replacements are good?

Re: Widening Takata airbag recall

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:44 am
by wmcbrine
Don wrote:I received the 'Safety Recall' notice today for both cars - It's for the passenger side airbag and not the drivers though. Time required to do the change is only 0.5 hours

Same here.

Since my closest iMiEV certified dealer is now 100 miles away

Surprisingly, not only did I recently gain a Mitsubishi dealer right in town, but now all the nearby dealers have the green "i" on the national web site. (The two closest ones didn't, before last year.)

Re: Widening Takata airbag recall

Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:46 am
by Phximiev
We had our Takata airbag replaced today at Mark Mitsubishi, took about 45 minutes, a little over the estimate in the notice. But then again, the tech had not done one before. No sweat.