By now, you’ve probably heard about the partial recall of millions of automobiles that contain airbags manufactured by the company Takata. These airbags can inflate with too much force, shooting metal shrapnel through a vehicle’s cab. So far, four Americans have died from the airbag’s shrapnel and over 130 have been injured.
The recall involves over 7 million vehicles, manufactured between 2002 and 2008, from ten different auto manufacturers, including some vehicles by:
- Chrysler and BMW
- Ford and General Motors
- Subaru and Nissan
- Toyota and Honda
- Mazda and Mitsubishi
Currently the recall by Takata is limited to states that have continuously high humidity levels– in the continental US the recall is currently only affecting the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. While Takata insists this recall is sufficient, the US government is demanding that Takata expand the recall to all fifty states. So far Takata is refusing the demands; it will likely face fines.
Some automakers are considering expanding the recall on their own vehicles. The automaker Honda has already issued a nationwide recall on affected vehicles for a replacement of the driver’s side airbag, and Chrysler has expanded their regional recall to include the passenger side airbag.
If your vehicle is or becomes affected by the recall, you should receive a notification from your auto manufacturer. You can also take matters into your own hands and check by using the government’s recall search tool. You simply enter your VIN number to see if your car is affected by any outstanding recalls. Learn more about the government’s tool on our blog.
Even if your vehicle isn’t affected by the Takata recall yet, it might be soon as automakers and the government consider larger recalls. Stay up to date on the situation by checking back at Bryant Motors blog.
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