Japanese automotive supplier Takata has been in the news lately, primarily for recalls involving its air bags and specifically for faulty air bag inflators that have killed six people and injured others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been working with Takata to recall the affected vehicles and on May 19, 2015, the Department of Transportation announced that Takata expanded that recall to include 33.8 million U.S. vehicles, representing the largest recall in history. Here is what you need to know about the latest Takata recall news.
Eleven Car Manufacturers are Involved
Takata air bags are found in some, but not all vehicles produced by 11 manufacturers. Daimler Trucks was added to the list more recently, although only a few hundred vehicles are affected.
The ongoing list includes select models and model years for the following manufacturers: BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. Recall information for your vehicle can be accessed by visiting www.safercar.gov, or you can log onto myCARFAX, which will keep you up to date with recall alerts on your specific vehicle.
Each car manufacturer also provides recall information on their respective websites. Moreover, the manufacturer will also notify you via postal mail whenever any type of recall involves a vehicle you own. Your car dealer is also a source of the latest recall information too.
Just keep in mind that recall information is constantly updated. The absence of details about your specific car does not mean that a recall won’t appear later.
Why Recalls Matter
Consumers should always heed recall alerts, specifically those that apply to your vehicle. Ignoring a recall can be dangerous. Furthermore, you might be liable if you knowingly ignore a recall and a problem occurs.
The Takata air bag recalls have received a lot of attention chiefly for the seriousness of each of the accidents. For instance, an Oklahoma teenager was the first reported death when the air bag in her 2001 Honda Accord exploded in May 2009, sending metal fragments into her neck. Over the ensuing six years, five more people died from similar injuries.
Getting Your Vehicle Fixed
The federal government projects that it may take up to two years for every affected recalled vehicle to be serviced and repaired. If your vehicle is on the list, you can call any dealer to schedule an appointment; there is no charge for this fix. Take action immediately and avoid the months of delays that might be likely for people who are slow to respond.
Stay on Top of Recalls with myCARFAX
At CARFAX, we want to ensure that you never miss a recall. To that end, the myCARFAX smartphone app is an essential tool as it will alert you to open recalls specific to your vehicle. You can also track your vehicle’s service history, receive alerts for upcoming service, and find trusted service shops. Download your free app via iTunes or Google Play today.
For people shopping for a used vehicle, a CARFAX report provides valuable information as well, including open recalls. If you find a recall that is open, you should insist that the seller complete those repairs as a condition of your purchase.