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Takata supplied defective air bags to many vehicle manufacturers for years, thus creating one of the largest and most complex recalls in U.S. history, making the Takata Airbag recall literally the largest vehicle recall in history surpassing Ford’s defective transmissions in the 1980s, which affected 21 million vehicles.
There are, of course, dozens of lawsuits that have been filed against Takata — individual and class action suits. Class action suits have been filed to obtain reimbursement for everyone who purchased a vehicle with the defective airbag. For instance, a class action lawsuit may be the path you take as you think about reselling your vehicle since it is possible you could lose money as a result of your car being part of a recall.
If the airbag in your vehicle hasn’t exploded or injured you, you may want to consider joining a class action suit.
However, these class action suits are not for those who have been injured or killed. Where serious injuries are concerned, you should consult with an attorney first so that you obtain the maximum compensation possible.
How do you know if your vehicle is part of the recall?
Find your vehicle’s VIN (vehicle identification number) and use the NHTSA’s VIN search tool. If you do not find your VIN listed, we suggest you check back periodically as it can sometimes take several weeks for automakers to gather individual VINs in a recall.
What is a VIN and where is it found?
A VIN is a vehicle identification number. Look on the lower left of your car’s windshield. You should be able to find your 17-digit VIN there. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card, and it may also be shown on your insurance card.
What should you do if your vehicle is under a recall?
Automakers are required to send out recall notices so you should receive a letter from the manufacturer. Upon receipt, call your local dealer as soon as possible to make an appointment to fix the defect.
It is important that you respond to this or any recall on your vehicle.
Is the car safe to drive?
This is a serious safety issue and you have every right to be concerned about your safety. We suggest you contact your dealer to see if a loaner is available if you have to wait any period of time to have your car fixed.
NHTSA is responsible for organizing and prioritizing the replacement of defective airbags; however, that could take some time with the large number of vehicles affected.
What cars are affected?
There are numerous manufactures affected. Go to the NHTSA website and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) in order to determine if your car is affected.
Where is the best place to get updates about the recall?
The Takata Airbag Recalls Spotlight page hosted by the NHTSA will contain current and past information on the recall.
The Takata Airbag Recall in 60 Seconds (from Bloomberg Business, David Gura)
The Hard Line: Lauren Fix discusses the Takata airbag recall [6 mins]
What’s Wrong with Your Air Bag? [NHTSA]
Flawed Takata air bags in 34 million vehicles lead to biggest recall in history from The Washington Post
Airbag Maker Takata Announces Largest Auto Recall Ever
In this CNN Money report, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book said, “Recalls of this size and scope are likely to happen more often as the auto industry becomes more global, pushing different automakers to use parts from the same suppliers.” He went on to say that, “Ironically, the use of common parts is meant to save money, yet a recall of this size will cost the industry billions.”
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