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NHTSA prioritized Takata air bag repairs to ensure that vehicles with air bags that pose the highest threat to safety are able to be fixed first, while also working to ensure that parts are available to repair every affected vehicle as quickly as possible.
A guide to the key things consumers need to know about the massive Takata airbag recall, impacting millions of vehicles, made by several different automotive brands.
Tens of millions of airbags are defective. Even a minor collision can cause these airbags to rupture, spraying sharp metal fragments into drivers and passengers. In response, vehicle manufacturers are conducting the largest safety recall in U.S. history.
On August 22, 2016, a truck transporting Takata airbag parts was involved in a crash in Quemado, Texas that caused the cargo to explode, destroying a house and killing a woman inside. On January 13, 2017, the United States charged three Takata executives, Shinichi Tanaka, Hideo Nakajima and Tsueno Chikaraishi for Takata's exploding airbags.
A deployed airbag is seen in a Nissan vehicle at the LKQ Pick Your Part salvage yard on May 22, 2015 in Medley, Florida. The largest automotive recall in history centers around the defective ...
If you sold or returned, pursuant to a lease, a recalled Subject Vehicle after June 19, 2014 and before September 5, 2018, and your vehicle was recalled under the Takata Airbag Inflator Recall prior to September 5, 2018, you have one year from the date that the Settlement become final (the “Effective Date”) to submit a Registration/Claim Form.
Ford's Takata airbag settlement agreement promises to give consumers some relief as the massive recalls drag into their fourth year. Consumer Reports explains.
The TATCTF was established in connection with Takata’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Plan of Reorganization to compensate individuals who suffered personal injury or wrongful death caused by the rupture or aggressive deployment of a Takata phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate (“PSAN”) airbag inflator (a “Takata Airbag Inflator Defect”).
Owners may not always know their recalled vehicle still needs to be repaired. NHTSA's new search tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a safety recall in the last 15 years.
A recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards.