Recently, we reported on the ninth death caused by faulty Takata airbags. On Friday, January 22, 2016, CBS News reported that a tenth death has now been confirmed. The victim, a 52-year-old man – Joel Knight, was driving along in South Carolina last month when a cow roamed into his path. He hit the cow, causing the airbags to inflate. When the bags deployed, a piece of shrapnel struck his neck, causing his premature death. Knight was driving a 2006 Ford Ranger.
This is the tenth fatality reported since 2009, nine of which occurred in the United States. As a reminder, the first known explosion of a faulty Takata airbag was more than ten years ago.
According to the New York Times, regulators have now expanded the already massive recall considerably – adding an additional five million vehicles to the nineteen million which have already been recalled. Two additional auto makers, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, have been added to the list.
Per the New York Times, just over 27% of driver side airbags in the recall have been exchanged, and just under 26% of passenger side airbags have been exchanged. As mentioned in the prior report, percentages are higher in regions which have higher humidity.
It has been reported that millions of cars have not yet been fixed. If your car has been affected by this massive recall, please be sure to arrange for appropriate service as soon as possible.
Apparently, this tenth death is correlated to a 10% decrease in stock prices.
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