Drivers like Norma Caplan of Boynton Beach are growing impatient that dealers say they still do not have enough replacement parts to fix recalled Takata airbags as 2017 gets underway.
“Get it done,” Caplan urged Monday. “To be injured or killed by flying metal pieces is terrible. They’re supposed to protect you.”
It’s been six months since she received a recall notice for her Lincoln MKZ but she keeps hearing no parts are available, she said.
Federal regulators issued an amended order last month to accelerate airbag fixes. It sets revised requirements for when 19 automakers must have replacement parts available for customers. Defective parts have been blamed for 11 deaths and approximately 180 injuries in the United States.
“The Department of Transportation is maintaining its aggressive oversight of the efforts to recall Takata air bags as quickly as possible,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “The amended order will speed up the availability of replacement air bags, and continues to prioritize the highest risk vehicles to protect the traveling public.”
More than 42 million vehicles have been recalled, the largest in automotive history.
About 12.5 million have been fixed. The highest priorities include seven Honda and Acura models from 2001 to 2003. Florida is considered among the places at highest risk because of the role high humidity may play in contributing to airbag failures over time.
For more information, visit https://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html.