Takata Recall Spotlight

Takata Recall Spotlight

Overview

Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths. NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.

FOR CONSUMERS

Overview

Roughly 41.6 million vehicles equipped with 56 million defective Takata air bags are under recall because these air bags can explode when deployed, causing serious injury or even death.. All vehicle owners should:

  • Check for Recalls using your vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Get the Fix by calling your local dealer; it will be repaired for free.
  • Sign Up for Recall Alerts about any future recall affecting your vehicle.

Consumers should also be aware of two critically important details about this recall:

  1. The Danger of “Alpha” Air Bags: Certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles, 2006 Ford Ranger, and Mazda B-Series trucks are at a far higher risk for an air bag explosion that could injure or kill vehicle occupants. These are referred to as “Alpha” air bags. These vehicles can and should be repaired immediately. Do not drive these vehicles with Takata air bags unless you are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately.
  2. Additional Vehicles Will Be Recalled: Additional air bags are scheduled to be recalled by December 2019, bringing the total number of affected air bags to around 65-70 million. These vehicles do not currently appear affected by this recall using a VIN search. Sign up for Recall Alerts and make sure the address on your registration is current to be sure you’re notified of this or any other future recall.

FOR CONSUMERS

Vehicles Affected

Click on the make of your vehicle to find out if it is currently included in the Takata recalls.

NOTE: This list is subject to change and does not guarantee that any specific vehicle is or is not included in any of the Takata recalls. Vehicle owners are urged to use NHTSA’s Recalls Lookup Tool to check their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for any open recalls, including Takata recalls.

FOR CONSUMERS

Schedule of Recalls

After consultation with the affected vehicle manufacturers and Takata, NHTSA prioritized the recall of Takata air bag inflators based on the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants. As the chart below shows, recalls are phased by the location and age of the vehicles. This schedule is designed to ensure that vehicles that pose the greatest risk are fixed immediately while others are replaced before they may become dangerous. The phased recalls began in May 2016 and will continue through December 2019.

RECALL ZONES BASED ON TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY

Zone A: Hot & Humid

Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Zone B: Less Hot & Humid

Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

Zone C: Least Hot & Humid

Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

ANY VEHICLE RECALL IS SERIOUS AND AFFECTS SAFETY. ALL VEHICLE OWNERS SHOULD:

  • Check for recalls at least twice a year using the Recalls Lookup Tool.
  • Sign up for Recall Alerts to be informed of any future recall. If your vehicle is recalled you should be contacted by the manufacturer. Signing up for Recall Alerts is a good backup plan, particularly if you purchased your vehicle used.
  • Make sure that your vehicle’s registration includes your correct, current address so that your vehicle manufacturer can reach you if your vehicle is recalled for any reason.

COMPLETION RATES

Completion Rates

To help you see the progress vehicle manufacturers are making in replacing affected air bags, we are providing more comprehensive recall completion data. Please note that this is dynamic data and will continue to fluctuate as repairs are made and previously announced recall campaigns launch on a rolling basis under the coordinated remedy program. Recall completion rates vary by auto manufacturer.

Understanding our data

The propellant in the inflators breaks down after long-term exposure to high temperature fluctuations and humidity. This breakdown can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, creating too much pressure for the inflator, and in extreme cases the inflator explodes, shooting shrapnel toward vehicle occupants.

Using this information, the agency prioritized the recall of air bag inflators based on the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants.

The recalls are phased by the location of the vehicles and their age. Generally, the vehicles in the highest danger zones and that are the oldest, are in the first priority group. The second priority group includes the vehicles that are not yet in the Priority Group One danger category, but are second-highest risk group, and so on through the levels of risk based, largely, on inflator age. The schedule for recalls has been set to make sure that vehicles are recalled before the propellant in the inflator will break-down to the point of becoming dangerous.

Our data tables show 10 priority groups, but NHTSA has identified at least 12 groups and more groups may be added in the future. As more recall campaigns launch and data becomes available, NHTSA will expand the data tables.

NHTSA will only post the last set of verifiable data from each manufacturer. For the website update of September 17, 2019, the data for all OEMs is current through August 30, 2019. Note that at present, recall completion rates for 13 OEMs (BMW, Daimler Vans, FCA, Ford, GM, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and VW) reflect their approved use of the “other” category for specific campaigns.

IMPORTANT EXPLANATORY NOTES: This information is for general informative purposes and is not intended to represent the real-time status of any manufacturer’s recall completion rate performance or any group of recalls’ performance. Some manufacturers have been able to report specific counts of vehicles that are no longer in use (or are “out of transit”). Where that is the case, the recalled population has been reduced by those counts in order to depict a more accurate recall completion figure, and to support manufacturers allocating resources to targeting vehicles that are still in use on U.S. roadways. The recalls to which this adjustment has been made are identified below. Please note that there are inherent delays between the time an individual car is repaired, when repair status is reported to the manufacturer, and when the status is then reported to NHTSA. The information displayed, therefore, generally represents a conservative account of actual recall completion rates. In addition, each individual recall has its own unique history, which makes it difficult to compare completion rates between recalls and between manufacturers. For example, some recalls include vehicles that have been under recall for many years, whereas as others reflect recalls that have only just started, or have only started in a discrete geographic area due to parts restrictions.

Sep 20th 2019 https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/takata-recall-spotlight#consumers-overview

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