In this post, we update you on the current status of the Takata Air Bag Recall as it stands for the beginning of 2019.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Independent Takata Monitor have released a progress report on the state of the Takata airbag recalls detailing information related to this important safety recall.
Updated information about the number of vehicles affected, what the air bag recall is and what you should do is below.
Current Status of Recall – January 2019
The priority in 2018 has been to repair or replace parts for older Takata air bags, which are the most dangerous to vehicle owners while working to replace all recalled airbags.
The coordinated recall airbag replacement program schedule prioritizes the repairs into risk-based groups across 19 vehicle manufacturers.
Roughly 37 million vehicles equipped with 50 million defective Takata air bags are currently under recall.
Average recall repair rates across all manufacturers increased by 30% in the calendar year 2018. The number of unrepaired vehicles in Priority Groups 1–3 (the oldest vehicles in the highest-risk areas) has been cut in half in one year.
Replacing the airbags in the oldest vehicles has been top priority, but the challenge has been that older vehicles have much lower recall repair rates than newer vehicles. The most dangerous airbags are unfortunately most likely to NOT be replaced.
To help encourage recall repairs, there has been an outreach program to dealers, DMVs, independent repair facilities, insurers, auction houses, and used car dealers to help spread the word to their customers and all vehicle owners.
If you have not checked if your vehicle airbag has been recalled, we urge you to check immediately!
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What is the Takata Air Bag Recall?
Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. The airbags need to be replaced because the air bags may explode due to long-term exposure to high heat and humidity.
These explosions put vehicle owners and passengers at risk because the explosions have been documented to cause injuries and deaths.
What You Should Do
All vehicle owners should:
- Check for Recalls using your vehicle identification number (VIN).
- Get the Fix by calling your local dealer; it will be repaired for free.
- Sign Up for Recall Alerts about any future recall affecting your vehicle.
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