Takata Airbag Recall 101
Under the oversight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 19 automakers are recalling vehicles with certain types of driver and passenger airbag inflators.
These inflators are at risk of rupturing in the event of even a minor accident. Airbag ruptures have sprayed shrapnel into drivers and passengers--resulting in at least 11 deaths in the U.S. and hundreds of injuries.
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. Research performed by NHTSA has shown that if your vehicle has spent time in a place with high heat and high humidity, you may be at greater risk.