How Does The Takata Airbag Recall Affect Me?

Japan's Takata Corporation, the third largest manufacturer of airbags in the world, has finally admitted that its airbags are defective. The latest Takata airbag recall  on May 19th encompassed almost 34 million vehicles and over 10 automobile manufacturers. That means that 1 in every 7 vehicles on American roadways has been affected by this recall.

You may be one of the millions of Americans now asking...

Does this recall affect my vehicle?

The easiest way to find out if your vehicle has been affected by the Takata airbag recall is to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. Once on the website you will see a yellow box "Search for recall by VIN." click on this box, enter your car's VIN number in the space provided and you will see all the recalls affecting your car.

What if I don't know my VIN?

On the home page of the NHTSA website there is a "Vehicle Safety" tab. Roll over the tab with your pointer to show the drop downs under this tab. Choose "Recalls & Defects." On the right side of the Recalls & Defects page click on the "Search for Recalls" box. If you fill in the Model Year, Make and Model sections on this page and click GO, the website will take you to all the recalls and relevant documents for that car.

What if my car was used when I purchased it?

It is especially important for you to check out any possible recalls on your vehicle as you may not be receiving recall notices in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer.

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