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Monday, 10 September 2018 21:19

Car Owners With Recalled Takata Airbags Have Trouble Getting Rentals, Repairs

Written by Dalfred Jones, KLFY News 10


The 2008 discovery of faulty Takata airbags triggered a recall of more than 70 million vehicles in the U.S.


Auto dealers nationwide have been working to rectify the problem, but mechanics can only move so fast with each tedious repair.


But while the work is being done, some people are still being forced to drive their cars with potentially life-threatening defects.


The issue ironically deals with a safety measure that’s designed to save your life.


This is what happens: During a crash in which airbags are deployed, a defective inflator will launch metal fragments at people in the vehicle.


Depending on the vehicle, airbags deploy at about 8 to 14 miles an hour.


Some experts say the deployment of an airbag is basically a contained and directed explosion; if shrapnel is launched during airbag deployment, the results could be deadly.


Jack Cormier's Lincoln MKX has a recalled airbag and is on the recall list.


"There are many people driving around Lafayette, LA, myself included, with kids [and] grandkids who are riding in a car that is deemed unsafe" Cormier said.


He received a letter in the mail in August about the urgent safety recall that said he should take immediate action, so that's what he did.


"The dealership did not have the part to repair the car, so we asked for a rental. They told us to wait a couple weeks and they would get the part. We waited those two weeks, and we got an additional letter from the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles warning us, yet again, how dangerous it was to drive the car," he recalled.


The letter reads: “The potentially life-saving repair is free and parts are available now.”


KLFY News 10 reached out to Hub City Ford. Ford Motor Company is the parent company of Lincoln. One Hub City rep said that’s “fake news.”


KLFY News 10 was told that while a few replacement parts come in each week, there is still a long waiting list.


Todd Citron, general manager at Hub City Ford, said, "This is a real issue. When dealing with the recall, we’re taking care of immediate customers first, while not neglecting other Ford drivers. Hub City Ford does have a large rental car supply, but all vehicles are being used. The backlog is in the hundreds with people hoping to get repairs and rentals. We’re cooperating with the recall as efficiently as we can."

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