Air Bag Recalls on the Rise
Air bag recalls hit a record high last year when some 18 brands issued 22 recalls for this increasingly complex piece of safety technology.
And just two months into 2013 the pace of air-bag related recalls remains brisk. USA Today reports that Honda and Toyota have already recalled a combined 1.5 million vehicles for potential air bag defects this year.
The location, sophistication, and sheer number of air bags packed into one vehicle appear to be contributing to the rise in recalls. USA Today reports that air bag recalls have involved nearly 7.75 million vehicles since 2011, more than the previous eight years combined.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study has found that air bags remain a highly effective safety feature, saving more than 2,000 lives in a year. However, as these systems become more complex, issues about malfunctions or injuries caused by them remain a cause of concern, writes USA Today.
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