Is your car affected by the Takata air bag recall?

(CNN/KHON2) – A major automotive recall could mean the vehicle in your driveway may not be a safe as it could be.

Airbag manufacturer Takata is recalling millions of vehicles because of a possible defect that could cause airbags to explode and send shrapnel into the driver.

Here is more on how you can find out if your car is affected.

It’s one of the largest recalls in automotive history. 34 million vehicles are affected.

That means one out of every seven cars, trucks and vans on the road today in the U.S.

“Takata has now conceded that it has a defect and it’s time to recall these vehicles,” Joan Claybrook, former administrator NHSTA said.

The massive recall will not be easy to implement. In fact it could take years.

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To figure out if your car is impacted there a few steps you can take:

  • Find your car’s VIN number – This number can be found in several places in many cars. It is almost always under the front windshield on the driver’s side. It can also often be found on the driver’s side door. (See above)
  • Go to safercar.gov and insert your VIN number. As of Wednesday, this site has been delivering a failure message (a possible reason is due to overwhelming volume) and encouraging drivers to check with specific car manufacturers for recall information.

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  • If safercar.gov doesn’t get you the information you’re looking for, click on your car’s manufacturer. You will once again be asked to input your VIN number. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s site to see that their recall information is up-to-date. You may need to check in a few days if Tuesday’s recall is not yet inputted.

If there is a match, you will need a recall. But even if your car doesn’t pop up, that is not a guarantee that you are in the clear. The list is still being populated. It could take weeks before it is finished and the NHSTA suggests checking back again in a few weeks.

If your vehicle does pop up you should contact your dealership right away to find a time to have it fixed, but don’t expect to get in immediately.

“It’s going to take years to do it because 34 million new airbags have to be manufactured and then replaced in the vehicles,” Claybrook explains.

In the meantime, one automotive safety expert suggests keeping the airbag connected even though there is no guarantee it will work.

“I think you have to leave it hooked up, because you may have a crash where the air bag is desperately needed,” Claybrook said.

A massive and expensive predicament that could leave millions of motorists vulnerable until the problem is fixed.


Recalled cars with exploding airbags: Is yours on the list? (CNNMoney)

Until then, here’s a list of car models, and model years, already known to use the recalled Takata airbags.

A

Acura CL, 2003
Acura MDX, 2003-2005
Acura TL, 2002-2003

B

BMW 325Ci, 2004-2006
BMW 325i, 2004-2006
BMW 325Xi, 2004-2005
BMW 330Ci, 2004-2006
BMW 330i, 2004-2006
BMW 330Xi, 2004-2005
BMW 3-Series, 2000-2006
BMW M3, 2001-2006

C

Chrysler 300, 2005-2008
Chrysler 300C, 2005-2007
Chrysler Aspen, 2007-2008
Chrysler SRT8, 2005-2007

D

Dodge Charger, 2005-2007
Dodge Dakota, 2005-2007
Dodge Durango, 2004-2008
Dodge Magnum, 2005-2007
Dodge Ram 1500, 2003-2008
Dodge Ram 2500, 2003-2008
Dodge Ram 3500, 2003-2008

F

Ford GT, 2005-2006
Ford Mustang, 2005-2008
Ford Ranger, 2004-2005

H

Honda Accord, 2001-2007
Honda Civic, 2001-2005
Honda Civic Hybrid, 2003
Honda CR-V, 2002-2006
Honda Element, 2003-2011
Honda Odyssey, 2002-2004
Honda Pilot, 2003-2008
Honda Ridgeline, 2006

I

Infiniti FX35, 2003-2005
Infiniti FX45, 2003-2005
Infiniti I30, 2001
Infiniti I35, 2002-2004
Infiniti M35, 2006
Infiniti M45, 2006
Infiniti QX4, 2002-2003

L

Lexus SC, 2002-2007

M

Mazda6, 2004-2008
MazdaSpeed Mazda6, 2006-2007
Mazda RX, 2004-2008
Mitsubishi Lancer, 2004-2005
Mitsubishi Raider, 2006-2007

N

Nissan Maxima, 2001-2003
Nissan Pathfinder, 2001-2004
Nissan Sentra, 2002-2006

P

Pontiac Vibe, 2003-2007

S

Saab 9-2X, 2005
Subaru Baja, 2003-2005
Subaru Impreza, 2004-2005
Subaru Legacy, 2003-2005
Subaru Outback, 2003-2005

T

Toyota Corolla, 2003-2007
Toyota Corolla Matrix, 2003-2007
Toyota Rav4, 2004-2005
Toyota Sequoia, 2002-2007
Toyota Tundra, 2003-2006

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