Airbag recall now URGENT status by NHTSA

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Now they have elevated the level of urgency... http://www.autoblog.com/2014/10/20/nhtsa-urgent-takata-airbag-recall-warning-issued/ PRESS RELEASE:
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Consumer Advisory: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action WASHINGTON D.C. - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by the regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii. Consumers that are uncertain whether their vehicle is impacted by the Takata recalls, or any other recall, can check on www.safercar.gov. On the site, consumers can search by their vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm whether their individual vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed. In addition, consumers can sign-up for NHTSA recall alerts, which go out before recall letters are mailed by the manufacturers to the affected owners. Affected Vehicles, by Manufacturer , Impacted by CY 2013 and 2014 Recalls Involving Takata Airbags: Toyota: 778,177 total number of vehicles potentially affected 2002 – 2004 Lexus SC 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix 2002 – 2004 Toyota Sequoia 2003 – 2004 Toyota Tundra 2003 – 2004 Pontiac Vibe Honda: 2,803,214 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2001 – 2007 Honda Accord (4 cyl) 2001 – 2002 Honda Accord (6 cyl) 2001 – 2005 Honda Civic 2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V 2003 – 2011 Honda Element 2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey 2003 -2007 Honda Pilot 2006 Honda Ridgeline 2003 – 2006 Acura MDX 2002 -2003 Acura TL/CL Nissan: 437,712 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2001 2003 Nissan Maxima 2001 – 2003 Nissan Pathfinder 2002 – 2003 Nissan Sentra 2001 – 2003 Infiniti I30/I35 2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4 2003 Infiniti FX Mazda: 18,050 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2003 – 2004 Mazda6 2004 Mazda RX-8 BMW: 573,935 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan 2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon 2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible 2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe 2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible General Motors: 133,221 total number potentially affected vehicles 2002 – 2003 Buick LeSabre 2002 – 2003 Buick Rendezvous 2002 – 2003 Cadillac DeVille 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Impala 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Venture 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy XL 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Bonneville 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Montana
 

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Yup my mom's Buick Rendezvous and grandma's Chevy Trailblazer are on the list. Anybody have any idea on when GM will have the new parts?
 
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Yup my mom's Buick Rendezvous and grandma's Chevy Trailblazer are on the list.?
Check with your local dealer to see if they're actually recalled. Our 2005 MDX, for example, is not actually recalled, even though it shows up on the list. Because airbags are commodity parts likely produced by different suppliers, your Buick and Chevy may or may not actually have the recalled parts installed.
 
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Originally Posted By: 97tbird
Consumers that are uncertain whether their vehicle is impacted by the Takata recalls, or any other recall, can check on www.safercar.gov. On the site, consumers can search by their vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm whether their individual vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed.
Too bad that the safercar.gov site isn't accurate. I know of an open recall on one of my vehicles, and it isn't listed on this site. Something is broken somewhere.
 
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Originally Posted By: Hokiefyd
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Yup my mom's Buick Rendezvous and grandma's Chevy Trailblazer are on the list.?
Check with your local dealer to see if they're actually recalled. Our 2005 MDX, for example, is not actually recalled, even though it shows up on the list. Because airbags are commodity parts likely produced by different suppliers, your Buick and Chevy may or may not actually have the recalled parts installed.
Exactly! The Recalls typically cover vehicles made between a certain production date when those particular parts were installed.
 
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Originally Posted By: Hokiefyd
Because airbags are commodity parts likely produced by different suppliers, your Buick and Chevy may or may not actually have the recalled parts installed.
This is appalling! You'd think they had better control over chain of custody. I saw a Ford video where the guy who put airbags in had to scan their barcode before installation. Who lost this info?
 

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Originally Posted By: Hokiefyd
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Yup my mom's Buick Rendezvous and grandma's Chevy Trailblazer are on the list.?
Check with your local dealer to see if they're actually recalled. Our 2005 MDX, for example, is not actually recalled, even though it shows up on the list. Because airbags are commodity parts likely produced by different suppliers, your Buick and Chevy may or may not actually have the recalled parts installed.
Just called the dealer and the Trailblazer isn't effected. And I don't have the VIN right now to the Buick.
 
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Originally Posted By: eljefino
Originally Posted By: Hokiefyd
Because airbags are commodity parts likely produced by different suppliers, your Buick and Chevy may or may not actually have the recalled parts installed.
This is appalling! You'd think they had better control over chain of custody. I saw a Ford video where the guy who put airbags in had to scan their barcode before installation. Who lost this info?
No, that's not what I'm saying. They say that a certain year range is potentially affected, but not necessarily all of them. Certain VIN ranges probably got the defective airbags, and some apparently did not. Nobody lost information...it's just that Tanaka or whomever the supplier here is may not have been the SOLE supplier...and certain cars might have [Brand X] airbags, which aren't included. Some manufacturers are apparently recalling certain models based upon geography as well, so cars in less humid climates aren't in this particular recall.
 
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The Urgency is Highest for those cars in areas with LOTS of SALT AIR !! If you live inland, you should not be so worried, get it fixed, but don't loose sleep over it.
 
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Seems the older something is,the better made it was.Unless I wanted to pitch a tent at the dealer's for all the recalls,I would never buy anything relatively "late model".Give me a solid body $800 car,and I can make it last 5 years or more thru maintenance.
 
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Originally Posted By: NHGUY
Seems the older something is,the better made it was.Unless I wanted to pitch a tent at the dealer's for all the recalls,I would never buy anything relatively "late model".Give me a solid body $800 car,and I can make it last 5 years or more thru maintenance.
I would add that the older, the simpler. Keep in mind that older often means 'needs more attention' remember choke problems? Remember the Pinto size cars that only got 20mpg? Remember sitting in traffic in the 1960's - 1970's and breathing all that stuff while listening to AM ? I work in the NA Automotive Industry, I can tell you that all makers of Air bag components must maintain 20 years minimium production and raw material data for each and every part they supply. An air bag cannister (the explosive component) must still be viable & functional for 20 years from date of mfg......MUCH longer than ANY other component on the car! Your seat belt webbing or even your original drivers seat is not likely to last that long! I agree that simple is better, but the general public would never buy a car today that was not considered 'state of the art' for safety. Excuse me, but I have to cover myself in bubble wrap for the ride home :o)
 
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4.7 million cars and some are 14 years old. Almost laughable they consider it urgent.. 1/2 those cars are either pop cans or in the junkyard!
 
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Interesting fact..... http://www.irvinautomotive.com/airbags/
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Between 1975, when airbags were first introduced, through 2007, an estimated 25,282 lives have been saved in America alone (according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the United States Department of Transportation).
So in 32 years, 791 lives per year were saved by air bags... Have the recall done but don't panic. Buckle up every time. You are far more likely to die from other every day activities than from a failed airbag.
 
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