Your BBB® has learned of a mass recall of automobiles due to a safety bag issue. On October 21, 2014, the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers. As of yesterday October 23, 2014, that list had grown to over 8 million.
The issue lies in the Takata brand of airbag. When the airbag deploys, inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly. Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem and there have been multiple injuries.
The warning from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) covers certain cars made by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, General Motors and Ford with model years between 2000-2008. Safety advocates say the problem could affect more than 20 million vehicles in the U.S.
If you own a car with that make and range of model years, you can look up your VIN number here to see all recalls: www.safercar.gov/vinlookup . For more information, don’t forget you can Start With Trust® and contact your BBB at our website, or via phone at 812-473-0202.