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Database Made to Identify Recalled Vehicles

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Lauren Fernandez2 years ago

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a searchable database with the identification numbers of all of the estimated 34 million vehicles recalled for defective airbags.

About the Vehicle Recall Database

The widespread recall of Takata airbags due to dangerous inflation defects has affected an unprecedented number of vehicles, reports United Press International. In response to the massive recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has enabled consumers to use vehicle identification numbers to determine if their vehicle is affected by the recall using the website. 

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx emphasized that “an informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired… NHTSA's VIN search tool at makes it easy for consumers to check if their vehicle is affected by the recall, and to take action in getting the air bags replaced.”

NHTSA has emphasized that it will take time and cooperation with automakers to identify which vehicles will be affected by the recall but the organization will “organize and prioritize the replacement of the defective air bag inflators with safe ones as quickly as possible,” said NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind.

The recall currently involves vehicles manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.

Additional Information about the Defective Airbags 

The roughly 34 million vehicles recalled have been found to contain defective air bags. The driver- and passenger-side air bag inflators in these recalled vehicles, manufactured by the Takata Corporation, have been found to be defective, opening with too much force and potentially causing injury or death.

As reported by United Press International, “the inflators degrade over time with exposure to moisture, causing a chemical propellant to ignite too quickly. The extra pressure causes the inflator to rupture, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger cabin.” The malfunctioning airbag inflators have been blamed for at least six deaths worldwide.

The Takata Corp., after pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has issued a massive recall of these airbags inflators, initially recalling only vehicles in regions of the U.S. with high humidity and then expanding the recall to a national scale. 


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