I was shocked to discover that my car is on the massive recall list for a defective product that has caused serious injury and death to people around the country. There's a good chance yours is on it, too.
The United States safety regulators more than doubled what was already the largest recall in U.S. history. Approximately 40 million air bag inflators were added to the list of 28.8 million that already needed to be replaced.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the Takata air bag recall is so massive that it will take place over an extended period of time, from May 2016 through December 2019.
The most dangerous inflators are the top priority.
They'll be addressed in the first phase. All five phases will be prioritized by risk level. That will be determined by several factors, including the age of the inflators and exposure to humidity and high temperatures, which can accelerate degradation.
The defects can cause air bags to explode and fire off shrapnel. Ten people have been killed in the United States already. More than 100 people have been injured. A 17-year-old Texas girl was the most recent victim. She died when her 2002 Honda Civic crashed and the air bags inflated.
From Honda to Chrysler, dozens of manufacturers are impacted by this recall. So, how do you know if your car is on the recall list?
You should immediately visit https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/
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