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CONSUMER ALERT! MASSIVE AIRBAG SAFETY RECALL

Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by Christopher L. Thayer

alt textMillions of vehicles in the United States sold by a wide-range of automobile manufacturers are being recalled as a result of potentially defective and dangerous airbags manufactured by Japanese supplier, Takata.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective airbags. Over seven million vehicles are involved in these recalls. Vehicles in humid climates are thought to be at higher risk, including: Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, and Hawaii.

The problem involves defective inflator and propellant equipment that may deploy improperly in the event of a crash, shooting metal fragments into vehicle occupants – with the potential for serious injury to occupants. There have been 139 reported injuries across all automobile manufacturers, and least two deaths in Honda vehicles. Investigation is ongoing and the final cause of the defect has not been finally determined; although preliminary findings have pointed to poor quality control and defective welds.

Consumers that are uncertain whether their vehicle is impacted by the Takata recalls, or any other recall, can contact their manufacturer’s website and search by their vehicle identification number (VIN) to determine whether their individual vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed. Owners that have been contacted by their manufacturer should contact their dealer’s service department and make arrangements for the repair. In addition, consumers can sign up for NHTSA recall alerts, which go out before recall letters are mailed by the manufacturers to the affected owners.

NHTSA resources on airbag recalls can be found here:Look up your vehicle by VIN: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

NHTSA consumer press release regarding airbag recall: http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/Vehicle-owners-with-defective-airbags-urged-to-take-immediate-action

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