By now you’ve heard the news about what is potentially a horrible personal injury situation–the Takata airbags recall.

Takata has recalled about 33.8 million vehicles to replace frontal airbags on the driver’s side, the passenger’s side, or both.  The Takata airbags recall represents vehicles 11 different automakers manufacture. The Takata airbags were installed in cars from model year 2002 through 2008. Some of those airbags have the potential to deploy explosively, injuring or even killing those in the vehicle.

There is no standard as to how the different automakers’ notices about the Takata airbags are reaching impacted customers. In some cases it will take automakers some time to acquire the Takata airbags replacements because there just simply aren’t enough on hand.

The first Takata airbags recall related to the exploding airbags came from Isuzu in 2001. That was followed by a Honda recall in 2008, according to Auto Blog.  More recalls occurred in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 and 2014. There have been at least 20 recalls connected to the exploding Takata airbags in the past decade.

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How does the Takata airbags recall affect Consumers?

This is a serious situation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announcement, the Takata airbags can explode with too much force and send shrapnel flying into the vehicle. This turns a life saving device into something on the opposite end of the spectrum. Six deaths and more than 100 injuries have been reported as a result of defective Takata airbags.

Here is what any person with a vehicle made after 2000 should do:

  1. Find out if you car could be potentially impacted. 
  2. Reach out to NHTSA. Use NHTSA’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) search tool to determine if your vehicle has been recalled. It’s important to note: The recall is so large that NHTSA is still waiting for car companies to identify all the vehicles that need to be recalled. Check back periodically in case it is added to the list.
  3. Connect with your vehicle manufacturer. If your vehicle is listed on the NHTSA’s database, follow up directly with your manufacturer. Search your VIN number on the company’s website to find out how to get your airbags replaced.

 

Is yours on the Takata airbags recall list?

You can also take a look at Consumer Reports’ guide to car safety. As well, here are some links to the recall websites for each of the companies affected:

If  the Takata airbags recall affects you or someone you know, don’t deal with it alone. Contact the Law Office of Kevin M. Cobbin. Real injuries deserve real compensation. Call now at (904) 357-8448.

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