34 Million Vehicles Recalled Due
To Potentially Faulty Airbags
Unless you've been hiding in caves for the last week, you have probably heard about the huge recall, affecting some 34 million automobiles equipped with certain Takata airbags. The reason? There is a danger of the airbags exploding... something you'd probably like to avoid.
While you may be notified by the manufacturer that your vehicle is being recalled, that could take some time, and there is a relatively simple way to find out if yours is among the 34 million.
- Locate your car's VIN
- Your VIN is the unique identification for your vehicle and contains 17 alphanumeric characters. It may be found on your state vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, or on the vehicle itself – on the driver's side dashboard at the bottom of the windshield or on the driver's side doorjamb. Your VIN will not include the letter “i” or the letter “o”, but may include the number “1” or the number “0.”
- Go to this web site: http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html
- Click on the line at the left that says VIN Lookup
- Enter your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) in the space provided, type in the "Captcha" and click "Submit" (Note: Because you may be asked to enter this number again, it is a good idea to highlight the VIN and either right-click with your mouse and click on Copy, or Ctrl-C, which does the same thing, BEFORE clicking on "Submit." You can then simply paste the number later on, if necessary, by right-clicking and selecting Paste, or Ctrl-V.)
- View results
- Note: Depending on the demands of the site, instead of seeing immediate results, you may be directed to select the manufacturer, where you will again be asked to enter the VIN.
- After doing this, a page should appear detailing all open recalls for your vehicle.