Airbag Recalls: What You Need to Know

1The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recalled countless vehicles for having defective airbags. The vehicles that have been recalled are suspected to have exploding Takata airbags, which can put drivers and passengers of these vehicles in grave danger.

With more airbag defect recalls, you may be wondering if your vehicle is endangered, and if so, what the dangers of the defect are. You are also probably wondering how to handle the situation. Here’s what you need to know.

Is Your Car Part of the Recall?

In order to inform drivers of vehicles that are outfitted with defective airbags of the recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is compiling a list of vehicles that are being recalled. These vehicles are being listed on a website that is specifically dedicated to the Takata recall. On this site, your enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) to find out if your vehicle is a part of the airbag recall, or any other recall.

What You Should Do?

If you find that your car is on the list of vehicles that have been recalled, the first thing you should do is call the dealership that originally sold you the car. You can also contact any other dealership that handles recalls, and they should be able to help you. If your brand has been discontinued, you should contact the company that made your vehicle; for example, owners of Pontiacs should contact Buick or Chevrolet.

Do be aware that it could take a while before your vehicle it repaired. Millions of vehicles have been recalled, so it is going to take a while to make the necessary repairs. Until your vehicle is repaired, you should be given a loaner car to drive, with properly working airbags, in order to ensure your safety.