The news this week of serious Air Bag flaws and failures, has been an alarming and terrifying one for car owners everywhere and two Floridians were also among the victims, one lost an eye, the other tragically, lost her life.
The once very much respected auto addition mandated by N.H.T.S.A. and other safety programs many years ago, now, can and have killed people.
One of the factors that has been suggested to cause this air bag failure is said to be humidity, which makes those of us living here in Florida feeling more than a little nervous right now.
The fact that the guilty makers of the air bags and the car companies who did not alert consumers immediately show how little respect or concern all of them have for us, those who keep them in business.
So these car companies: Honda, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi have had about 14 million cars recalled for air bag issues.
Takata, one of the world’s biggest air bag manufacturers, is one of those who makes the air bags in question.
And they and others, are doing what they all usually do, waiting to see how the fall out goes.
A worrisome fact just learned today, is that a factory that Takata has admitted may have made defective air bags was at one of their plants in Mexico more than ten years ago.
Both of our PT Cruisers were made there.
It has not been recalled, to our knowledge.
As in the recent past with the countless other recalls, some of the car makers have been sullenly, deadly, silent in their egregious failure to protect people.
This nightmare for owners of the recalled cars is not new, it has been going on with no clue to the terrified owners since at least 2004 and that is ten long deadly years!
Globally auto makers have brought this on themselves with denials and foot-dragging responses over recalls in the recent past.
It is not just one, it is too many and it is inexcusable.
Exactly, how much is a human life worth to these companies?
Apparently not a lot!
With the recent ignition switches failures and other terrifying events in the news nearly daily here, is it any wonder that people are afraid to but a new car, or now even a used one?
This ugly mess is completely of their own making, they are guilty and they know it.
But as someone at Ford was long ago quoted as saying, these may be the just the newest, “acceptable losses.”
Well, in the end, the consumer may just have the last word on this issue and say, “enough.”
“Hey Auto makers, we refuse to put up with, or accept another one of your deadly Debacles!”
Places to learn more:
Consumer Advisory: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action