A national recall has been issued for 7.8 million vehicles containing defective models of Takata airbag inflators. The defective inflators cause the airbag to explode and in several instances send shrapnel into the passenger cabin. At least four deaths and dozens of injuries have been attributed to the faulty airbags, which have been in use in vehicle model years from 2000 to 2011.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging the following vehicle manufacturers to issue recall notices to owners whose vehicles are potentially affected by the defective airbags.
- General Motors
The defect has been traced to a problem with the airbag deployment system which becomes defective when exposed to high humidity and temperatures. Vehicle owners in areas with high humidity such as Florida, Puerto Rico, and areas bordering the Gulf of Mexico such as southeast Texas should contact their dealership immediately to learn if their vehicle is part of the recall.
Recall notices are going out to owners now, but these letters do not always arrive at the recalled vehicle’s current owner. Secondhand vehicles are often unaccounted for during mailed recall notifications, so it is important for used car owners to research their model on safercar.gov to see if any recalls have been issued in the past. If an issue exists with your vehicle, bring it to your local dealership for an inspection to make sure the problem was addressed or to request a repair or replacement.
A full list of the defective vehicle models included in the recall can be found on the NHTSA’s consumer advisory notice. If you believe your vehicle was included in this recall or you receive a recall notice in the mail, contact your local dealership immediately to schedule a repair of the defective airbag system.