Takata Airbag News: Recall Expanded, NHTSA Has VIN Numbers for All Impacted Vehicles

June 17, 2015

In the latest news to come from the massive Takata airbag recall underway in the U.S., officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have just announced that all VIN (vehicle identification numbers) for the roughly 34 million affected vehicles have been entered into the Administration’s search system.

Here’s the latest update for the massive Takata airbag recall occurring in the U.S. Portland product liability lawyers explain what to know about this recall.

Here’s the latest update for the massive Takata airbag recall occurring in the U.S. Portland product liability lawyers explain what to know about this recall.

Now, the NHTSA is encouraging the public to check their vehicles’ VIN numbers in this search system so they are aware if their vehicles have been impacted.

Explaining this most recent advancement of the recall effort, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has noted:

An informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired… NHTSA’s VIN search tool at safercar.gov makes it easy for consumers to check if their vehicle is affected by the recall, and to take action in getting the air bags replaced.

Background on the Recall: Deadly Defect of the Recalled Takata Airbags

This Takata airbag recall, which impacts \ vehicles from 11 different automakers, is one of the biggest and most complex recalls in U.S. history, according to the NHTSA.

The recall was issued last month due to findings that the propellants inside of the airbags’ inflators could degrade over time (and potentially faster in humid climates), causing them to explode and send small metal fragments shooting out towards the occupants of vehicles (similar to shrapnel, some have noted).

While at least 7 people worldwide have been killed by the defective Takata airbags, more than 100 others have reported sustaining injuries due to these airbags.

NHTSA’s Recommendations for Vehicle Owners

Currently, NHTSA officials are encouraging vehicle owners to check the VINs for their vehicles in the agency’s VIN search tool. For those who have affected vehicles, it’s crucial to get these defective airbags fixed ASAP, officials have noted.

Speaking to the urgency of responding to this recall, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has said, “As this recall progresses, NHTSA will organize and prioritize the replacement of the defective air bag inflators to ensure that defective inflators are replaced with safe ones as quickly as possible.”

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