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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Issues Consumer Advisory for Defective Airbags

The year 2014 hasn't been an easy one for automakers. Although there's still a little less than two months left, this year has already seen a record-setting number of vehicle recalls – over 56 million in the United States. That's equal to more than three times the amount of new cars and trucks Americans will purchase this year.

While safety recalls, for one reason or another, are common in the automotive industry, vehicle recalls this year have been unprecedented and concerning. Highly publicized recalls from auto giants such as General Motors – including GM's faulty ignition switch defect – have been linked to a number of injuries and deaths. As cause for more concern, millions of additional vehicles have been recalled for issues related to defective airbags.

Vehicle Owners Urged to Take Immediate Action

The defective airbags, manufactured by the Japanese auto parts giant Takata Corporation, have been found to malfunction, rip open, and tear apart during deployment. This can cause shrapnel from the airbags to shoot out toward drivers and passengers. Defective Takata airbags have been associated with several fatal incidents and a number of injuries, and have prompted recalls for roughly 7.8 million U.S. vehicles.

Because the defective airbags place drivers and passengers at risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer advisory in late October urging owners of recalled vehicles to take immediate action, bring their cars in, and have the airbags replaced. As with all safety recalls, there should be no cost for this service.

Recalled vehicles include various models of cars and trucks from the following auto manufacturers:

  • Toyota
  • Subaru
  • Nissan
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mazda
  • Honda
  • General Motors
  • Ford
  • Chrysler
  • BMW

You can see the full list of recalled vehicle makes and models on the NHTSA consumer advisory. You can also use the NHTSA VIN search feature to find out if your vehicle is affected by the recall.

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