An estimated 60 million vehicles with defective Takata airbags will be recalled by 2019. Recalled Takata airbags use inflators that are prone to rupturing with excessive force. Metal fragments from these inflators can shoot outwards at motorists and other passengers. If your vehicle uses Takata airbags, it is crucial to start the process for receiving repairs. This defect has been responsible for multiple catastrophic injuries and deaths. In fact, Honda recently reported the 12th U.S. death caused by defective Takata airbags.
There are simple ways to check if your vehicle uses Takata airbags under recall. You could use safercar.gov, a website operated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To check for open recalls, grab your vehicle identification number (VIN) from the driver’s side dashboard or your car insurance policy card. Type the VIN into the website’s search engine. NHTSA’s VIN search tool should display results for incomplete recalls and recalls conducted over the last 15 years. There is also a full listing of vehicles affected by the recall on NHTSA’s website.
Can I Receive Repairs if My Vehicle Uses Takata Airbags?
Some of the vehicles affected by the recall are too dangerous to drive. NHTSA has issued a warning for 2001-2003 Honda Civil owners to not drive their vehicles until they have received repairs. Federal law requires dealerships to repair vehicles at no cost. Even if there is a waiting period to receive repairs, it is possible the dealership will provide loaner cars. Federal law requires automakers to fix recalled vehicles at no cost.