There are so many defective airbags that the manufacturer cannot make replacements fast enough. We received a recall letter, but were told that the dealer would contact us later, when they have replacements in stock. For now they are recommending disabling the airbags.
This makes no sense to me, but states in humid areas received the recalls first - Florida, Puerto Rico, limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii. So far only a fraction of the affected vehicles have received recall notices, but experts estimate more than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. are equipped with the faulty air bags.
The airbag recalls were issued beginning 2 years ago and as recently as this week. The defective Takata airbags were installed in certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles.
If you would like to find out if your own car is included, you can see the full list of affected vehicles posted here - http://blog.caranddriver.com/m.....-vehicles/
Takata is a Tokyo-based supplier of seat belts, air bags, steering wheels and other auto parts. The issue involves defective inflator and propellent devices that may deploy improperly in the event of a crash, shooting metal fragments into vehicle occupants. Millions of vehicles are potentially affected in the United States.
You can check your vehicle for all open recalls by entering your VIN number on this site - http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicl.....okup-sites
Read more at http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHT.....ate-action