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My vehicle has a recalled Takata airbag but I’m having a hard time getting it replaced. Why is it taking so long to get it fixed?
The simplest answer seems to be the sheer number of vehicles impacted by the recall far exceeds the supply of new airbags.
According to Consumer Reports, between 65 million and 70 million vehicles manufactured by 19 automakers largely between 2002 and 2015 have the defective airbags installed in them.
Takata increased production of replacement airbags in September 2015, according to Consumer Reports.
However, that ramping up of production only brings Takata up to 1 million per month, meaning it could take several years before enough airbags are made to meet the demand.
The inflators in the defective airbags have been shown to potentially explode when the airbag is deployed, potentially causing metal shards to be propelled at the driver and passengers, according to Consumer Reports.
A study by Takata in June 2015 found only 88 incidents where the inflator had ruptured out of more than 1 million airbag deployments during the 15-year time frame, Consumer Reports stated.
To find out if your vehicle is covered under the Takata airbag recall visit safercar.gov.
What is the vote breakdown for Act 84 of 2016, which, among other things, made changes to the inclusion of lottery winnings as personal income?
The original House Bill 1198, which later became Act 84 of 2016 cleared the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with unanimous support in June 2015.
By the time the bill made it through the entire legislative process, however, the support had waned greatly and the prime sponsor, Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland County, withdrew his support for the bill.
A co-sponsorship letter written by Dunbar stated the original intent of the bill was to make a change to corporate tax filings.
The bill passed the House in July 2016 with 143 votes for and 48 against. Thirty-seven Republicans — including Rep. Stephen Bloom, Rep. Will Tallman and Rep. Greg Rothman — and 11 Democrats voted against the final bill. Republican Rep. Sheryl Delozier voted for the bill.
The bill cleared the Senate in July 2016 with 28 votes for and 22 against.
Sen. John Eichelberger was the only Cumberland County senator to vote against the bill. Sen. Rich Alloway and then-Sen. Pat Vance voted for the bill.
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