If you get a recall notice or see the make and model of your vehicle on a list of cars recalled because of defective airbags, you should act quickly to get your airbags replaced. Millions of cars across the country have defective Takata airbags that could cause serious injury or even death if they deploy in a car crash. As of March 2018, this recall impacts millions of models from 19 major auto manufacturers.
Our team can help you understand what to do if your car is on the Takata airbag recall list.
How Do I Check to See If My Vehicle Is on the Recall List?
Not every vehicle with a Takata airbag has been recalled. Before you head to the dealership to get your airbag replaced, it pays to check if your vehicle is under recall. You can do this by checking your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) search tool. This will tell you if there are any recalls associated with your vehicle.
If you do not know your VIN, you can find it by standing outside of your car and looking at the lower corner of your windshield on the driver’s side. Your VIN also appears on your registration paperwork.
Step 1: Call Your Local Dealership
Once you confirm there is a recall for your vehicle, you need to find the best place for the service. You will need to contact your local franchised dealership for your car’s make.
Do not simply head over to your local dealership’s service center. The backlog for replacements is very long and you might find upon arrival that the dealership does not have the part in stock for your particular vehicle. In some cases, it might have the part but not the manpower to complete the replacement.
If the dealership has the parts in stock, it should be able to replace your airbag within a few hours or days.
Step 2: Do Not Drive Your Vehicle If It Is on This List
The NHTSA has not told motorists to stop driving every vehicle affected by the recall. However, as of March 2018, the NHTSA has urged everyone to avoid driving the following vehicles “unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately”:
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Honda Pilot
- Certain 2006 Ford Rangers (Ford has issued a “Do Not Drive” warning)
- Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series vehicles (Mazda has issued a “Do Not Drive” warning)
If your car is not on this list but you do not feel safe driving your vehicle, you might consider renting a vehicle or carpooling.
Step 3: Explore Your Legal Options
The Takata airbag recall is huge. It involves millions of airbags. This airbag defect puts many lives at risk every day. It has already caused numerous injuries and deaths nationwide. If your defective Takata airbag contributed to your injuries in a car crash, reach out to Newsome Melton today. You may be eligible to collect compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
How Can I Talk to a Takata Airbag Recall Attorney About My Rights?
The defective airbag attorneys at Newsome Melton can help you understand your options if you suffered damages of any kind because of a defective Takata airbag. We work with families to help them get the money they deserve, no matter how complex their case. Call our office today at 888-808-5977 for your free case review and consultation.