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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:35

Still More Than 600,000 Unsafe Takata Airbags on Ohio Roads

Written by Russ Kent, Galion Inquirer
In Ohio, more than 600,000 recalled Takata airbags remain on the road in vehicles representing 19 vehicle manufacturers. In Ohio, more than 600,000 recalled Takata airbags remain on the road in vehicles representing 19 vehicle manufacturers. Galion Inquirer

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In Ohio, more than 600,000 recalled Takata airbags remain on the road in vehicles representing 19 vehicle manufacturers.

 

SafeAirbags.com, an organization notifying owners about this urgent airbag safety recall, is urging owners and drivers of affected vehicles to immediately schedule an appointment for a free recall repair to prevent potentially serious injuries or even death.

 

Affected vehicles include those made by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota and Volkswagen. Dealerships around the country have replacement parts available, and the free recall repair should take about one to a few hours depending on vehicle make and model.

 

A defective part inside the airbag can explode when the airbag deploys, potentially shooting sharp metal fragments at the driver and passengers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that 16 people in the U. S. have been killed and hundreds of others alleged to have been injured, by this defect.

 

“In September of 2013, l was driving home when a vehicle pulled out in front of me. Our cars collided. The airbag deployed. But instead of protecting me, its inflator ruptured, shooting a piece of metal into my right eye. I suffered a serious injury and my vision will never be the same,” said Stephanie Erdman, a victim of defective Takata airbag inflator. “I urge you to go online to check if your car’s Takata airbag inflators have been recalled. Trust me, even waiting a day to bring your vehicle in for the recall repair could be the difference between life and death.”

 

A recall awareness campaign is underway to help stress the urgent need to have these defective airbags repaired. In addition to official recall notice letters sent directly from vehicle manufacturers, owners are receiving notification through postcards, emails, social media, and other forms of communication urging them to contact their dealer to schedule an appointment for a free recall repair.

 

The call to action is simple. 

 

  • Owners affected by the Takata airbag recall should immediately schedule a FREE recall repair at a local dealership.
  • Owners uncertain whether their vehicles are part of the Takata airbag recall can easily check a vehicle’s identification number (VIN) by visiting SafeAirbags.com or NHTSA.gov/Recalls.

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