As of March 2018, there are approximately 37 million cars involved in the Takata airbag recall.
CAUTION: The NHTSA is cautioning drivers against driving the following vehicles “unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately”:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2003 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Honda Pilot
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2003 Acura CL
- Certain 2006 Ford Rangers (Ford has issued a Do Not Drive warning for specific vehicles)
- Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda has issued a Do Not Drive warning for specific vehicles)
How Can I Check to See If My Car Is on the Recall List?
You can check for recalls specific to your vehicle identification number (VIN) with our Airbag Recall Search Tool. You can find your VIN on your registration or auto insurance paperwork, or by looking at the lower, driver’s side corner of your windshield from the outside.
If your car is on the recall list, knowing what to do can protect you or a loved one from injury. Schedule a replacement with your local dealership as soon as possible.
Why Were All These Vehicles Recalled?
The defect lies in the propellant that inflates the airbags. According to the NHTSA, Takata allegedly used ammonium nitrate without a drying agent. Long-term exposure to moisture can cause the propellant to break down. This occurs faster in areas of high temperature and high humidity.
Once the propellant breaks down, it may burn too fast when the airbag deploys, fracturing the metal inflator capsule and sending pieces of metal flying through the vehicle.
Manufacturers follow a set schedule for notifying about the next round of recalls, so vehicle owners can have their airbags replaced before they become dangerous. This means you could own a vehicle with a defective airbag that does not yet have an active recall. If this is the case, you will get a notice in the next few years. We recommend checking regularly for any recalls of your car.
How Can I Contact a Civil Justice Attorney About the Takata Airbag Recall?
If you have questions or concerns about your right to compensation, call the civil justice attorneys at Newsome Melton. We can also help if you believe a Takata airbag caused a car crash or exacerbated your injuries. We offer free case evaluations and consultations.
Call us today at 888-808-5977.