Should Your Airbags Be Replaced? Check If Your Vehicle is Included in Massive Takata Recall.
In the largest recall in automotive history, more than 30 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide to replace frontal airbags produced by Takata Corporation. Unfortunately, notifying current owners of affected vehicles has been difficult because the recall involves older models that may have been sold or traded in.
How can you know if your airbags should be replaced? Fortunately, you can quickly determine if your vehicle is included in the recall by visiting safercar.gov, a comprehensive auto safety website from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA’s handy VIN Lookup Tool checks your vehicle against hundreds of current and past recalls, including the current one from Takata. If your vehicle is covered, you’ll learn what you should do to get the necessary repairs.
Mostly Older Vehicles Are Affected
The Takata recall involves frontal airbags that were installed on both the driver and passenger sides. These airbags include an inflator that can deploy explosively during a crash injuring or even killing occupants. The affected airbags were used by 12 manufacturers in the U.S. in model years 2002-2008, though the recall has been extended through 2014 for certain models. More than 19 million vehicles in the U.S. are affected from the following manufacturers:
General Motors (Chevy, Pontiac, GMC, Saab)
For more information, the folks at Consumer Reports have assembled a great summary of everything you need to know about the Takata airbag recall.