You can now look up if your vehicle is affected by the massive Takata airbag recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that its website now has loaded all Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) affected by the Takata airbag recall. Consumers can use NHTSA’s VIN look-up tool to see if their vehicle is one of the estimated 34 million affected by the recall, which spans across 11 automakers.
The government agency is urging all vehicle owners to check the complete Takata recall list to make sure that their vehicle isn’t affected by the recall, which is now linked to seven confirmed deaths.
As the largest and one of the most complex recalls in automotive history, the faulty Takata airbag inflators were made with a propellant that can degrade over time, leading to ruptures and shrapnel spraying into the cabin. Over 100 injuries along with the seven deaths have been linked to the recall, and even replacement parts are being recalled which means just because your car has been serviced doesn’t mean it’s safe.
“An informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “NHTSA’s VIN search tool at safercar.gov makes it easy for consumers to check if their vehicle is affected by the recall, and to take action in getting the air bags replaced.”