Butler’s Auto Recycling Addresses Takata Recall

Butler’s Auto Recycling in Milton, Fla. (www.miltonautoparts.com) recently released a statement announcing it has checked all its air bags to make sure they are not part of the Takata air bag recall.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 70 million Takata air bags have been recalled, 2.8 million initially and another 35 - 40 million added later. These air bags can rupture and are installed on vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

While awareness has been raised quite significantly and most people with a Lexus, Scion, or Toyota have checked whether their air bags are involved in the recall, there has been a lack of checks by salvage yards, according to Butler Auto Recycling.

Jim Butler, owner and founder of Butler Auto Recycling, said, “The Takata air bag recall is really serious, and we have been nothing short from ashamed to see that so many salvage yards and recycling companies have continued to sell these air bags. We guarantee that none of the air bags we carry has been listed under the Takata air bag recall. Safety comes first, after all.”

The new list has been released by the government and Butler Auto Recycling has immediately checked whether any of its auto parts were listed there or not, removing any air bags that could be affected.

“It is important that people understand just how dangerous the Takata air bag is,” added Butler. “It can inflate with far too much force, which means metal pieces can break off and fly through the vehicle. To date, 11 people have died as a result of this and, worldwide, there have been over 100 injuries as well.”

The original recall was released in May 2015. NHTSA has reported that over 8 million air bags have now been fully repaired and are classed as safe.

This is the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history. Under the Coordinated Remedy Program, NHTSA and manufacturers have committed to seek a 100 percent recall completion rate. In 2015, NHTSA imposed the largest civil penalty in its history for Takata’s violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and for the first time used its authority to accelerate recall repairs to millions of affected vehicles.

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