NHTSB Issues Urgent Message About Airbag Recall

NHTSB Takata Airbag Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) sent out a warning on Tuesday that owners of several vehicles from manufacturers that use Takata Airbags to act immediately on recall notices they received in regards to the airbag in their vehicle.

The report stated there are over 6 million vehicles affected and owners of these affected vehicles in the areas of Florida, Puerto Rico, the Gulf of Mexico region of Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Guam, Saipan, Hawaii, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands are asked to take a sense of urgency to this matter.

"Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures. However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue," said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman.

The NHTSA states that if you feel you may be affected by this recall, to head over your manufacturer’s website, and to enter your Vehicle Identification Number(VIN) to see if your vehicle is part of the recall. The report states that 627,615 BMW vehicles, 371,309 Chrysler vehicles, 58,669 Ford cars and trucks, 5,051,364 Honda vehicles, 694,626 Nissan’s, 64,872 Mazda’s, 11,985 Mitsubishi vehicles, 17,516 Subaru’s, and approximately 877,000 Toyota cars and trucks are part of this recall.

Airbags are especially important in cars to stop the momentum of the passenger in the event a vehicle comes to a sudden stop during a traffic accident. If an airbag is faulty, it may not deploy correctly and put the vehicle’s passengers at greater risk.

Takata Corporation, established in 1933, is headquartered in Japan, and has 56 plants in 20 different countries. Originally as woven textile company, in the 1950’s, Takata Corporation began production on automotive safety features, starting with seat belts.

For more information on this topic, please visit the NHTSA website.