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August 21, 2019

Takata Airbags — Part 2


Yesterday at this time I laid out the multi-year saga of my possibly defective, potentially life-threatening Takata airbags.

The post began:

About five or so years ago Mercedes-Benz identified the Takata airbags in my 2010 vehicle as among those that needed to be replaced because there had been reports of the airbags spontaneously exploding and maiming or killing front seat occupants.

Scott, a longtime close reader, commented:

Except that they're not spontaneously being triggered at all, they're only defective in a collision, and lethally so. The defect is that they act as a shrapnel cannon rather than a cushion in a collision — firing metal bits into the driver. So, don't hit anything and they'll be fine forever (though I'd get them changed before you sell it, just as an added incentive for the next customer).

Ms. Radoo added:

As long as you don't offer anyone else a ride, cuz Scott is right.

From the U.S. Department of Transportation website:

Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths. 

Scott is correct: the airbags don't spontaneously explode.

Flautist commented, "... they might be lying in wait like a snake, just biding their time, looking for the perfect opportunity to strike, but I wouldn't be thinking about that, much."

I blame my Crack Research Team®© for the inaccurate description in yesterday's post.

But I digress.

The fact that the airbags only kill when the vehicle is involved in a collision — and not always, or even most of the time — rather than doing so out of the blue doesn't change my course of action: I will continue to drive with these TEDs (Takata Explosive Devices) poised and ready for a collision.

What say you now?



Ms. Radoo?


August 21, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


Takata thanks you for saving them money.
Hold my Gray cat and watch this.

Posted by: xoxoxoBruce | Aug 22, 2019 12:28:04 PM

I'm a Libertarian: As long as you endanger only yourself, I have no issue with your choice. It's your life.

But maybe designate an alternate blogger?

Posted by: Ms. Radoo | Aug 22, 2019 8:41:26 AM

Leaving it in seems like an un-anesthesiologist type of thing to do.

Posted by: Paul Biba | Aug 21, 2019 6:38:14 PM

I say...you should get Gray Cat's opinion.

Posted by: Flautist | Aug 21, 2019 3:11:44 PM

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