With a record number of recalls released last year, people visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website to check the VIN number of their vehicle to see if it has been recalled, may experience problems accessing the information they are looking for. The service has been slow after automakers released another round of recalls for defective Takata airbags. About 33.8 million vehicles, manufactured by 11 different automakers, have already been recalled to replace frontal airbags on the driver’s side and/or passenger’s side, because they could deploy with too much force, injuring and in some instances killing occupants. Six fatalities and over 100 injuries have already been linked to the problem.
According to Consumer Reports, “Everything You Need To Know About The Takata Airbag Recall”, “Automakers are getting the replacement parts as fast as they can, and most are sending them to the high-humidity areas first. Northern and less-humid areas might need to wait longer for parts availability, depending on the brand.” They recommend visiting your manufacturer’s web site to see if your vehicle is affected.
All major light vehicle and motorcycle manufacturers are required to provide VIN search capability for uncompleted recalls on their websites. This data must be updated at least weekly. Consumers can find their vehicle identification number by looking at the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle, or on the driver’s side door post where the door latches when it is closed.
- Chrysler (Chrysler, Dodge, RAM)
- General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn)