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HAVE CAR OWNERS FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE AIRBAG PROBLEM?

 

By Allen L Phillips

Del Mar Automotive’s shop management system now shows factory recall information for several major auto makers such as Toyota, Honda and Fiat-Chrysler.  We typically print out the recall info sheet and provide it to our customers when they visit our shop.  Many of those relate to the Takata airbag problem mentioned in the article below.

According to the article only 65% of the identified problem airbags have been replaced.  That means that 35% are still driving around with these potentially deadly airbags in their cars.

It may be that manufacturers are not able to reach all current owners because the trail of ownership is incomplete.  Another possibility is that many people who became aware of the problem in their cars early on when there was a limited supply of replacement parts and the lines at the dealerships were long have now forgotten about the issue.

Please don’t put off this repair.  The recall reports I have seen have all said that the parts needed are now available.  There is no excuse for delaying.  There is no cost to you.  Call your dealer today.  If you are not sure if your car is affected, your dealer can tell you.

You can also go online to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0Jff4JmQ2wIVFsRkCh2PmQNGEAAYASAAEgJj4vD_BwE.  Once there enter your car’s VIN number, which is a 17 character alpha/numeric that can be found at several places on your car, on your registration and on your insurance policy. 

 

NHTSA Wants to Meet with Automakers about Missing Takata Recall Deadline 

May 15, 2018—The U.S. auto safety agency wants to meet with 12 major automakers that failed to fulfill a December 2017 target deadline for completing repairs on Takata air bag inflators, reported Reuters.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Monday it has written letters on May 3 to automakers including Honda, Toyota, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Daimler and Ford, according to the report.

Collectively, the automakers had repaired 65 percent of 20 million vehicles in the highest priority groups, leaving about 7 million unrepaired.

Nearly 30 million U.S. vehicles remain unrepaired in the air bag recall affecting 19 automakers, according to the report. At least 22 deaths and more than 290 injuries worldwide are linked to Takata inflators that explode and can unleash metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks.

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