The massive Takata airbag recall has lead to NHTSA’s website crashing.
Overwhelming traffic from hundreds of thousands of car owners affected NHTSA’s website and now the agency said it might take several days before the database is fully accessible. When the record-setting recall was announced yesterday, affecting 34-million vehicles, NHTSA urged owners to check the website to see if their vehicle is affected. According to NHTSA, traffic on the website at 4:00 PM yesterday was 62 times greater than a normal day.
The website offers the ability for owners to enter in their vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if they’re impacted by the Takata recall and now the information won’t be available for several days. NHTSA is urging owners to be patient as it works with automakers to provide that information as quickly as possible.
Airbag supplier Takata Corp. agreed on Tuesday to double the number of vehicles covered by the recall, which resulted in the largest industrywide automotive recall in U.S. history. Traffic on the website skyrocketed to 598,000 searches, a massive increase from the average 9,662 per day last week. The agency’s previous record for searches in a single day was 110,000.
[Source: Automotive News]