What you need to know about the Takata airbag recall

Takata expanded it's recall of vehicles with it's airbags to nearly 34 million for the largest recall in automotive history 

The defective airbag inflators, which can explode and send shrapnel flying, has been linked to at least six deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States.

The National Highway and Traffic Administration had been pressing the Japanese airbag maker since November to admit the defective equipment.

"Up until now, Takata has refused to acknowledge their airbags are defective but that changes today," said Anthony Foxx, United States Transportation Secretary.  

The 10 automakers part of the recall include: BMW, Dodge Ram, Mazda, Pontiac with Chrysler, Toyota and Honda carrying the most affected vehicles.

The VIN number is on the lower left side of your windshield. Enter that to the website to find if your car is affected to Safercar.gov 

The VIN lookup on that site is http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html


The only vehicles with defective airbags that George Glassman of Glassman Automotive has sold, are Subarus which are the least impacted of the questionable cars.

"It's a good thing that it's being addressed at this juncture, it probably should have been addressed sooner there is a lot of people at risk," Glassman said. "The manufacturers obviously want consumers in safe vehicles. A lot will depend on how long Takata will get properly working airbags to the dealerships Takata already producing thousands of new parts each month." 

But with the amount that need to be replaced, it could take years to switch all the defective airbags out.

In the meantime it will be up to the consumer to log onto the NHTSA website, type in their VIN number and determine if their vehicle is part of the recall.

"I have three cars," said David Herskovic. "I have to check on every car. I have four kids so it's kind of important."

Unfortunately Ron White is used to recalls, his Pontiac was part of the highly publicized recall of 2.6 million GM cars for the faulty ignition switches.

A small number compared to this, but for White not as much of a concern.

FOX 2: "Do you think your car might be impacted?

White: "I hope not."

FOX 2: "Are you going to check?"

White: "Probably not it's an old car, I'll get rid of the car before I worry about the air bag going out."

The VIN number is on the lower left side of your windshield. Enter that to the website to find if your car is affected. 

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