If you drive a Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru or a Toyota, you might have heard about the airbag recall. You may have even received a notice from your dealer. The Takata airbag recall has exceeded 34 million vehicles recalled in the United States alone.
If you received a notice, call your dealer to schedule an appointment. While some of the dealers still have pretty long wait times, many will be able to schedule replacement within a few days, often less than a week.
Takata airbags have been found to deploy with too much force, sending shrapnel into the interior of the vehicle. This is apparently due to moisture getting into the inflator and destabilizing the chemical compound responsible for the explosion that inflates the airbags – due to the moisture, the compound is more explosive than intended.
Bottom line – if you got a recall notice, call your dealer to get a free replacement. This work is done by dealers and is free of charge. Not quite sure if your car should have the airbags replaced – you can check your VIN here – this is a site provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – you can check if your car has had incomplete recall work done within the last 15 years.