Your BBB® has learned that Takata, a major airbag manufacture has continued to expand upon the recall amount by 3.3 million. This airbag recall is the largest in history affecting over 37 million vehicles and 49.5 million inflators.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association has been updating the recalls based upon the believed risk of each airbag. The NHTSA determines the dangers based on the heat and humidity in the area of registered vehicles. The heat and humidity, along with age, cause the airbags to malfunction at a greater risk.
Own an older car? Chances are you are still affected. Cars from 2009, 2010 and 2013 are all included in the recall.
The most recent recall took place on January 19th and does include newer airbags in constantly more humid areas, along with older airbags in less humid areas.
As time progresses the NHTSA is expecting more recalls.
How to know if you are affected:
1 million 2013 models from: General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Tesla and Toyota have been reported in the recall. The specific models will be reported in the near future.
At the current time, these states are listed for the recall: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
1.5 million 2010 model vehicles from: Audi, BMW, Daimler vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.
At the current time, the following states are listed under the recall: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
800,000 2009 models from: Audi, BMW, Daimler vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota have been reported at this time, with specific models coming in the near future.
At the current time, the following states are listed under the recall: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
What can you do?
Contact NHTSA through the Safety Hotline: 888-327-4236 or go to safercar.gov
The NHTSA website, has the option to enter the 17-digit VIN number to find out any recalls that are taking place with your car’s model.