Takata Airbag Recall 101
19 automakers are recalling vehicles with certain types of driver and passenger airbag inflators, under the oversight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
These inflators are at risk of exploding even in a minor accident. Airbag ruptures have sprayed shrapnel into drivers and passengers--resulting in at least 12 deaths in the U.S. and hundreds of injuries. Repairs are free and towing and loaner cars may be available to assist owners of the highest risk vehicles reach a dealership.
While the recalls are national in scope, NHTSA has ordered automakers to prioritize replacing airbag inflators in older vehicles that have spent time in geographic areas of the U.S. with persistent heat and high absolute humidity. NHTSA research has shown that if your vehicle has spent time in a place with high heat and high humidity you may be at greater risk.