Stop Car Companies From Selling Cars With Faulty Air Bags

Target: Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission

Goal: Protect consumers by making car companies stop selling cars with faulty air bags.

Over 69 million air bags have been recalled in what is considered the largest automotive recall in history, and yet many car companies continue to sell cars with these faulty air bags. By doing this they are endangering the lives of millions; these companies need to find a new brand of air bags for their cars.

Takata Corporation designed an air bag that was significantly cheaper than most air bags, making it a popular supplier for many car companies. What they used to cut costs was ammonium nitrate, a chemical that inflates air bags upon impact. This gave the company an edge, for no other air bag company used ammonium nitrate. However, they soon found out why no other company used it.

This chemical degrades over time, and can degrade even quicker when exposed to high humidity and changing temperatures. In a crash, it can explode too forcefully, breaking the air bag and firing shrapnel at the driver and passengers. There have already been 11 deaths attributed to these faulty air bags.

Yet instead of replacing the air bags in their new cars with a safer brand, these companies have decided to continue using Takata air bags and just wait for the cars to be recalled. This is a deceptive and harmful business practice. When someone pays thousands of dollars for a new car, they do not want it to be recalled within a year or possibly die in an accident because the air bag did not work. Demand that these car companies put the safety of their customers first and stop selling cars with these faulty air bags.


Dear Chairwoman Ramirez,

The Federal Trade Commission is devoted to protecting consumers, and that is why it should not allow car companies to continue to sell cars with faulty air bags. Many companies are still making cars with Takata air bags, which are currently being recalled for causing 11 deaths. This is a blatant disregard for safety, and these companies can not be allowed to continue these unethical business practices.

Takata Corp. uses ammonium nitrate to fill their air bags, a cheap chemical that degrades over time and is sensitive to high humidity and changing temperatures. In a crash, the bag can explode too forcefully, breaking the bag and shooting shrapnel at the driver and passengers.

These air bags are much too dangerous, yet car companies are more willing to take the risk of a customer dying before their car is recalled than to simply replace the air bags. Please stop this by making these companies discontinue the use of the unsafe Takata air bags in their cars.


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