Takata Airbag Safety Recall
Takata airbags use an inflator and ammonium nitrate-based propellant that explodes during an impact to inflate the airbag. The Takata Airbag Safety Recall is in place because Takata did not use a drying agent with the propellant which causes the propellant and the inflator housing to improperly inflate. In addition to improper inflation, corrosion on the inflator housing can cause the housing to project shrapnel into the vehicle’s occupants. The Takata Airbag Safety Recall covers mores and 41.6 million vehicles.
Is your vehicle covered by the Takata Airbag Safety Recall?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has established a website to determine if your vehicle’s airbags are covered by the recall. Go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter the 17-digit vin number of your vehicle. Find your VIN on the lower left of your car’s windshield. Your VIN will also appear on your registration card, and it may be shown on your insurance card.
When will the Takata Airbag Safety Recall be performed?
Because older airbag inflator pose a greater risk than newer versions, car makers are prioritizing the recall process to replace the oldest inflators first. In fact, some car makers are replacing old Takata inflators with a new inflator that contains the same safety issues. That is referred to as a like-for-like replacement. It may seem like a crazy idea to put another defective inflator in your vehicle, but there just aren’t enough of the newer designs available to upgrade everyone to the latest model. In the meantime, due to the risk associated with the oldest inflators, replacing with a newer version of the defective model actually increases your safety risk until such time as the car makers can provide you with the updated version.
To find out if your vehicle requires a replacement airbag, use the NHTSA site shown above or refer to the links belowPosted on by Rick Muscoplat