Faulty Airbag Inflators Result in a Wider Vehicle Recall for Takata
Airbag supplier, Takata, recently admitted to serious defects in some of its driver and passenger side air bags due to faulty inflators that can explode inside a vehicle’s cabin when the airbag deploys. This resulted in an expanded vehicle recall that now affects a record 34 million cars nationwide. Below is some information related to the airbag inflator recall.
Has my vehicle been recalled?
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), automakers are working to collect the vehicle identification numbers (VINs) of affected vehicles and sharing this information with NHTSA. Although it may take weeks to complete VIN lists, vehicle owners can begin checking the recall status of their vehicle using NHTSA’s online VIN search tool. To find your vehicle’s VIN, look on the lower driver’s side corner of the windshield or in your vehicle registration and insurance documents. Even if your VIN search doesn’t initially show that your vehicle is under recall, its recall status could change, so it’s important to check back periodically for updates to the NHTSA database.
When can I expect my replacement airbag to arrive?
Due to the scale of this massive recall and a shortage of parts, Takata airbag replacements may take a while to complete. Priority will be given to owners of older vehicles and/or those living in very humid regions of the country as these two factors are believed to increase the risk of an airbag exploding. Check with your dealer for exact information.
Should I have my airbag disabled while waiting for repairs?
Generally, mechanics are not authorized to disable airbags, and most safety experts say this isn’t a good idea anyway. The executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, Clarence Ditlow, states that airbags save lives and “you save more lives by leaving the airbags in place.” The Department of Transportation estimates that frontal airbags have saved 37,000 lives between 1987 and 2012.
For more about airbags and airbag safety check the previous research from Jiffy Lube of Southern California on The Truth about Air Bags that explains how airbags work and some of the factors involved in using them safely. For the safety and convenience of our customers, we at Jiffy Lube also provide a current list of vehicle recalls on our website.
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