Texas Tops US List for Airbag Recalls: Is One in Your Vehicle?
We don't always think about this part of our cars, but if it's not working properly, the consequences could be deadly.
Did you receive a letter last month from the maker of your vehicle? You might want to double-check.
Airbag Recall Repair Month
June was Airbag Recall Repair Month, and according to prnewswire.com, over 1 million vehicles in Texas have recalled, unrepaired airbags. Heat and humidity can make these recalled airbags even more dangerous, causing them to possibly burst in an accident, resulting in serious injuries or death.
Takata Airbag Recall
Takata airbags have been connected to at least 37 deaths worldwide. 19 of those deaths and over 400 injuries happened in the United States. Around 67 million Takata airbags have been recalled, but about 17 million have still not been replaced, according to legal blog newsomelaw.com.
Check to Protect
In 2017, the National Safety Council founded the Check to Protect program to raise awareness for vehicle safety recalls. The purpose of the organization is to let drivers know that it is fast, free, and easy to check for airbag recalls and get them repaired. Recall repairs are always free at an authorized dealership, and it doesn't matter whether or not you're the registered owner of the affected vehicle.
Right now, Check to Protect is reporting that there are 50 million vehicles on the road with open recalls.
How to Check Your Vehicle for Recalls
Visit checktoprotect.org and enter your license plate number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The VIN is a 17-character ID that can be found on your driver's side dashboard, the driver's side door, and most vehicle registration or insurance documents. It only takes a minute to check for a recall to protect yourself and everyone you love by getting a dangerous airbag replaced immediately.