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Faulty Airbags: Don’t Risk Injury or Death

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Airbags in the 2001-2003 Honda and Acura models shown here are the most dangerous. If you drive one of these vehicles, you face as high as a 50% chance of serious injury or death if your airbags are activated. Photo from: AirbagRecall.com

 

Tens of millions of airbags are defective. Even a minor fender-bender can cause these airbags to rupture, spraying metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

In response, vehicle manufacturers are conducting the largest safety recall in U.S. history. Authorized dealerships are replacing defective airbags for free.

Under the oversight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 19 automakers are recalling vehicles with certain types of driver and passenger airbag inflators.

These inflators are at risk of rupturing in the event of even a minor accident. Airbag ruptures have sprayed shrapnel into drivers and passengers–resulting in at least 11 deaths in the U.S. and hundreds of injuries.

While the recalls are national in scope, NHTSA has ordered automakers to prioritize replacing airbag inflators in older vehicles that have spent time in geographic areas of the U.S. with persistent heat and high absolute humidity. Research performed by NHTSA has shown that if your vehicle has spent time in a place with high heat and high humidity, you may be at greater risk.

How can I tell if my vehicle has been involved in this recall?

To determine if your vehicle is impacted by this recall enter your VIN on the Airbag Recall website.

What is a VIN number and where do I find it?

Your VIN is the unique identification for your vehicle and contains 17 alphanumeric characters. It may be found on your state vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, or on the vehicle itself – on the driver’s side dashboard at the bottom of the windshield or on the driver’s side doorjamb. Your VIN will not include the letter “i” or the letter “o”, but may include the number “1” or the number “0.”

What do I do if my vehicle has been recalled?

Please contact your local dealer, which will be equipped to fix the recalled part or portion of your vehicle.

What do I do if the results page says parts are unavailable for my vehicle?

NHTSA has ordered automakers to accelerate the development and production of remedy parts, and to prioritize repairs for vehicles according to risk factors identified through testing. If parts are not yet available for your vehicle you can still take action by ensuring that the manufacturer of your vehicle has their most up-to-date contact information.

 

 

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