If you haven’t read about it, there’s a MASSIVE recall going on right now concerning Takata airbags supplied to a wide range of automobiles sold in the U.S. Consumer Reports has provided a video detailing how to figure out exactly whether your car is part of the recall.
Senior Associate Editor George Kennedy provides information on the recall itself.
As we reported here, four deaths have been attributed to defective components found in these airbags which were used extensively in production vehicles from virtually every major automaker from 2000 through 2007.
More than 16-million vehicles (equipped with the potentially faulty airbags) have been recalled since 2008.
Two of the four deaths linked to the faulty airbags occurred in 2009 and a third took place last year, near Los Angeles, California. A fourth death, which occurred on October 2, 2014, has also been linked to the defective airbags.
The problem begins with faulty pressure regulators in certain airbags manufactured by Takata. It seems that vehicles driven primarily in hot and humid climates and equipped with these faulty pressure regulators allow the airbags to overinflate or to inflate too rapidly when activated during a motor vehicle crash. This can result in excessive force being applied to the metal airbag inflator, causing it to rupture and disperse shrapnel throughout the passenger compartment possibly striking and injuring occupants.
Takata’s U.S. spokesman, Alby Berman, said the company was not aware of the accident and would support Honda’s investigation. Officials with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said they are in contact with local authorities and Honda about the accident and “will take appropriate action to protect consumers.”
The Consumer Reports video provides information on how to locate your vehicle identification number, how to find out whether your car has been recalled, and how to obtain service.