As a car owner, you have most likely received a recall or safety notice regarding your vehicle at some point. It is often had to tell if these are important or not. While automakers sometimes issue recalls or send safety notices for things as minor as an incorrect label, they often alert you to a major issues like a faulty airbag system. Recalls notices are not to be ignored! It’s very important to heed these warnings, which will keep you and everyone on the road safe. No matter what that recall notice is regarding, it’s important to address the matter quickly.
A Japanese airbag manufacturer, Takata Corporation, has recently been under fire for major recalls regarding their airbags. Takata’s airbag inflators contain ammonium nitrate, which is not sustainable when exposed to moisture and high temperatures. The defective airbags lack the chemical drying agent required to prevent damage. “Takata inflators can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Sixteen people have died worldwide due to the problem.”
If you have a question regarding your specific vehicle, internet sites such as www.recalls.gov/nhtsa will provide you with the necessary information. Then, if you find that there is an issue with your vehicle, bring it into your Mechanic right away!