Volkswagen Recalls Beetles for Faulty Takata Airbags

by Aryn Plax

Jan 18, 2021

Volkswagen is recalling more than 105,000 model year 2012–2014 Volkswagen Beetle cars because their Takata front driver side airbags can explode and send shrapnel flying.

Flying shrapnel can seriously injure or kill drivers and passengers.

Ammonium nitrate is used to inflate Takata airbags during a crash.

However, this chemical is volatile and can degrade when exposed to high heat and humidity.

Under these circumstances, it can burn too fast and shred a metal canister like a grenade.

These exploding inflators have killed 18 people in the United States and 27 people across the globe. As a result, at least 63 million inflators have been recalled in the United States and roughly 100 million worldwide.

Photo description: A deflated airbag sits underneath a shattered windshield.

Volkswagen dealers will replace these airbags starting on February 12, at no cost to consumers.

Source: Detroit Free Press