According to a report at AOL Autos (5/1/13), in the six months prior to May 1, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had reports of 22 airbag recalls. Since the start of 2013, there have already been 15 airbag-related recalls, more than half the 23 that were announced in 2012.
Included in the recalls were vehicles from 13 automobile manufacturers and seven suppliers. Cars as old as 12 years and as new as the 2013 model year were involved. Meanwhile, Takata, an airbag supplier, has been involved in eight of the recalls announced in the past six months.
But as the AOL article reports, despite the high number of recalls, some automobile manufacturers have taken their time announcing recalls related to airbag failures. This includes one recall that was not announced until seven and a half years after a driver was involved in an accident in which his airbag failed to deploy.
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For a feature that is designed to increase the safety of a vehicle, and decrease the risk of serious injury, the number of airbag recalls could be concerning.
The most recent recall was announced earlier in May by Chrysler, who recalled 120,000 Jeep Liberty vehicles. According to WHAS (5/13/13), the recall was announced after a defect was found during crash tests carried out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That defect caused the airbag to deploy more slowly than it was designed to, putting vehicle occupants at risk of more serious injury as their body could be closer than intended to the airbag as it deploys.