Defective Airbags – Take Action
Written by Greg on November 18, 2014
In order to make the most out of your car, you must be aware of all the individual nuances that can potentially go wrong. Among these is being privy to potential recalls as they take place.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as of October 22,2014 a recall has been placed on Takata airbags that are implemented by owners of specific Toyota, BMW, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Ford, Subaru, and General Motors vehicles.
As the research points out, approximately seven million vehicles are estimated to be involved in these recalls, occurring over a period of the past 18 months. In addition, the research also works to indicate that this is a regional recall with a concentration in: Puerto Rico, Florida, as well as limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, as well as Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Georgia. If you are in one of these areas, and have a specific model of the car, it is strongly suggested that you get your care taken in so that the necessary adjustments can be made in order to prevent airbag issues from occurring.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator, David Friedman, “Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures.” As one can imagine, with an upsurge in humid and arid temperatures, the issue must be dealt with immediately as to ensure that no continued damage will occur due to extended exposure, which is common in the aforementioned states and locales.
To this extent, the recall represents a very serious issue that one should be well aware of, especially if you have one of the aforementioned brand of vehicles. If you are unsure if your car is on the recall list, the first step would be to contact your manufacturer directly. Although, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put up a seemingly comprehensive list, which can be found here, one should contact their manufacturer or dealer directly in order to best certain. In addition, one can also search by the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) number on the manufacturer’s website.
If your vehicle is on the list, and you have received substantial confirmation, the first course of action would be to schedule arrangements for the repair. Again, one would need to get in touch with their manufacturer in order to understand the full necessary steps to take in order to take care of the airbag issue. In addition, it is recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that you sign up for NHTSA recall alerts, which often go out well before recall letters are sent directly from the manufacturer. Recall signs up can include signing up on Apple devices, Android Devices, RSS, or simply through email.
To receive more information on Consumer Recalls and have a set list of VIN facts, one can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety site, given above, and scroll to the bottom of the page.