Takata Airbags Explode into Massive Recall

Over 10 million vehicles in the United States and over 16 million globally are now affected by the recall mandated by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) for defective airbags manufactured by Takata.  These airbags were installed in 10 car manufacturer’s vehicles during the model years 2002 through 2008.  Those car manufacturers are Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.  The frontal bags literally explode spraying shrapnel throughout the passenger cabin even in minor accidents.  The defective airbags are linked to at least 4 deaths and more than 100 injuries across the United States.  The recall is moving slowly due to Takata’s limited capacity to produce replacement airbags and will result in millions of defective airbags still being on the road maybe for years to come. 

To see if your vehicle is subject to this recall you will need the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) located on the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle or on the driver’s side door post where the door latches when it is closed.  Then visit NHTSA’s online VIN-lookup tool .  After entering the VIN number into the appropriate field, results will appear if the vehicle has an open recall.  If there are none, you will see “No Open Recalls.”  NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline is 1-888-327-4236.