There have been many automotive recalls in recent decades, but the current Takata air bag recall stands out. Unlike most recalls, which involve just one car company, Takata air bags are found in vehicles made by at least a dozen major manufacturers. Therefore, the number of vehicles recalled is especially large, and effectively coordinating the recall is especially difficult.
For readers who may need a reminder, Takata air bags have been recalled because they can inflate with too much force, leading to an explosion. When these explosions occur, they often send shrapnel into the cab of the vehicle. In the United States alone, seven deaths and nearly 100 injuries have been linked to the faulty air bags.