The Takata airbag recall reveals that you could be unsafe in your car no matter how safely you drive.
What is a vehicle recall? Why does it matter?
When serious problems arise in automobiles because of a design flaw, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may issue a recall. This could happen anytime in the life of a car. Once a problem is identified and a recall issued, it is up to owners to get their vehicles fixed by the manufacturer. They should.
One of the largest automotive recalls in history is happening right now for a part that you hope you never need but can save your life: airbags. Takata is a major manufacturer of airbags, supplying dozens of car manufacturers with airbags globally. In Takata airbags installed in vehicles from 2002-2015, the air bags could inflate with to much force, sending out pieces of shrapnel that could injure or potentially kill people in the car. It is critical that you get your airbags replaced if your vehicle is affected by this recall.
Why was I not informed?
If you purchased an affected vehicle from a new car dealer then you should have received notice of the recall. But if you purchased an affected vehicle from a used car dealer or through a private sale, chances are that the vehicle manufacturers have no way to contact you.
How do I check for recalls?
Please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website to see the complete list of vehicles that are recalled.
If you own these vehicles, please do not drive them unless you are driving to the dealer for the recall repair:
- 2001 – 2002 Honda Civic
- 2001 – 2002 Honda Accord
- 2002 – 2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
- Certain 2006 Ford Ranger (Ford advises do not drive)
- Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda advises do not drive)
These vehicles are on the NHTSA’s critical list for they show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployments compared to the others on the recall list.
What will this cost me?
Nothing! The Takata airbag recall is a free recall. If any dealership tries to tell you otherwise, the management needs to be informed along with the manufacturer/brand that dealership represents. If the dealership insists on payment, refuse their service, inform the NHTSA and take your vehicle to another dealership that is willing to make the repair for free as required.
How do I stay informed?
Vehicle recalls will continue to happen. Please check for recalls from time to time to ensure that your vehicle is as safe as possible. Visit NHTSA.gov/recalls for a complete list of recalls for your vehicle for free – you only need your VIN, located on your vehicle’s registration or on the driver’s side windshield.
We will also monitor the NHTSA site and keep our readers informed of the most significant recall actions underway.
Please be safe on the roads.