Find out if your car is affected by this airbag recall, and what steps you need to take to get your car fixed.
By now you may have heard about the long list of vehicle recalls that have arisen due to a certain Takata air bag issue. Of course, for many this means you might be worrying about how this will affect you and your vehicle. Here are some important details about this giant recall, and what you should do if your vehicle is affected:
What is the issue?
Let’s begin with discussing the issue itself. Again, the airbags at the centre of this predicament were supplied from the Japanese automotive parts company, Takata. It was originally thought that only vehicles models from 2002-2008 were affected, but it has recently been determined that vehicles as recent as 2015 are also affected by this recall.
The reason for this massive recall is that there are defective devices in the airbags that might deploy incorrectly during a car crash, which could cause serious harm to drivers. While there have been no reports in Canada of any airbag issues, it is better to err on the side of caution and have your airbags replaced.
Which vehicles are affected?
In response to this occurrence, Transport Canada has taken steps to ensure the safety of Canadian residents who may currently be at risk of falling victim to one of these airbag-related accidents. Manufacturers have also been taking their own set of actions to inform drivers of this growing concern.
When compiled, the list of affected vehicles is quite extensive. To find out if your vehicle is one of the roughly 1.5 million vehicles affected by this recall in Canada, you can refer to vehicles listed below by brand and model.
As per Transport Canada, the following vehicles are currently affected by the Takata Airbag Recall:
1) Manufacturer: BMW
2) Manufacturer: Chrysler
3) Manufacturer: Ford
4) Manufacturer: General Motors
5) Manufacturer: Honda
6) Manufacturer: Mazda
7) Manufacturer: Mitsubishi
8) Manufacturer: Nissan
9) Manufacturer: Saab
10) Manufacturer: Subaru
11) Manufacturer: Toyota
For more information on this recall and which vehicles have been impacted in Canada, you can also check out Transport Canada’s full listing, as well as the applicable recall numbers here.
What to do if your car is affected
If your vehicle has been affected by this recall, you should stop driving it as soon as possible and get in touch with the car dealership who sold you the vehicle or go directly to the manufacturer. For a full list of the Auto Manufacturers phone numbers, click here.
Furthermore, your dealership and/or vehicle manufacturer should advise you of the earliest date in which they can set up a service appointment for you. In the end, the sooner you can get the issue rectified the better so this defect can be effectively corrected and you and your passengers can avoid any risks associated with this airbag deficiency.