The inflator mechanism found in around 34 million vehicle airbags may be defective. This Takata airbag recall is one of the largest recalls of all time, affecting nearly one in seven cars on the road. The affected airbags explode with so much force that the metal canister blows up, possibly sending shrapnel out into the vehicle, especially into the front passenger’s area. At least 100 injuries and at least five deaths worldwide have been tied to this malfunction. This isn’t a new issue. Almost 17 million cars have already been recalled.
What Cars Will the Takata Airbag Recall Affect
The majority of the vehicles affected are from Honda. You can type your VIN number in the NHTSA’s online tool to view any recalls on your vehicle. Dozens of models were affected, most of which were built between 2000 and 2011. The entire list has not been released, but recalled brands include:
What Should I Do?
Don’t panic. This is a major victory for vehicle safety, and you will probably receive a free fix if your vehicle is affected. If your car is recalled, you should receive notification in the mail. Follow the instructions closely. If you’re concerned about your vehicle, follow the NHTSA’s website for the latest updates on this recall.
Is My Car Still Safe?
Most likely, yes. These incidents are rare. Feel free to drive your vehicle, but take the recall notice and vehicle to the dealership as soon as possible to eliminate any risk. The NHTSA has been investigating this issue for a long time and they have finally succeeded by enacting a recall. This is good news for the safety of yourself and your passengers.
Do you have questions about your vehicle or the Takata airbag recall? Contact a local franchise dealership that carries your vehicle’s make. They are on the front lines of recall notifications and will be able to further explain the risks a recall has on your specific vehicle.