No one likes to think about it, much less talk about it, but the fact remains that if you own a BMW, Mercedes, or nearly any vehicle built between 2002-2015, this applies to you. In all, 19 different automakers have had to recall their vehicles using the Takata company’s front airbags for both the passenger and driver sides.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called this “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” At the heart of the problem is that the airbag’s inflation mechanism, which is a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers, in some cases has ignited with explosive force, causing injury and even killing car occupants in some cases.
So what should you do?
First and foremost, don’t panic. While this is absolutely something that needs to be fixed, unless you get into an accident, it will never be an issue. And if you do get into an accident where the airbags deploy, not every Takata-made airbag is going to fail so spectacularly.
Second, give us a call. We can check your specific vehicle make and model against the databases, and determine if yours is one of the ones with an open recall on it. And if it is, we can easily go in and replace the parts for you.
Recalls, especially when they come after incidents that made the nightly news, can be a frightening thing. But the important thing is not to panic, and to remember that just because a part in your vehicle has been recalled doesn’t mean you or your family is in imminent danger. And if you want to know more about recalls in general — and how to check to see if there are any open for your car — check out our “How to Check for Recalls” blog, which will walk you through the entire process.
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