Over the past few decades many manufactures have moved away from quality to focus on maximizing profit. The days were the builder of a product would stand behind there work are far gone. This has put the consumer in a vulnerable position and they should seek protection. This can only be done by being informed and reading articles like this.
As with many other car manufacturers, the recall of Takata airbags has led to many recalls. One of the largest sufferers from the use of these devices would be General Motors. As of now there’s a total of 4.3 million GM vehicles recalled due to this issue. And for GM this is the second major recall over the past couple of years.
The vehicles affected by these airbags span the 2014 to 2017 GM vehicles. GM manufactures include Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, and Buick. You can contact your local dealership to find out if your specific model has been affected. And know that your dealer should be able to do the repair at no cost.
The reason behind the defect is due to a software glitch that won’t deploy the airbags in an accident. This is a huge concern as it puts you and all your passengers at risk. So far a single death and three injuries have been linked to the faulty air bags. In further tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) it was also discovered the tensioner for the seat belts failed to deploy. This means, instead of holding you into place when you crash, the seat belt fails allowing you to move about freely. Obviously this is a huge problem for GM and efforts are being made to solve it.
But beware, even if you don’t own a GM you aren’t necessarily in the clear. Many other manufacturers have been affected, and in total 34 million vehicles. Overall, Honda has had the most recalls, but in total there’s ten manufactures involved. In the event your vehicle is affected by the recall this is what you should do.
The first step to repair is determining if your vehicle is affected. This can be done a couple of ways. The easiest would be visiting the NHSTA website and entering your Vin number into their database. They have been compiling a list of the vehicles affected. But if you don’t notice your vehicle listed be sure to follow up as the list is ever growing. The alternative option would be calling you local dealership. The dealership should be able to determine if your vehicle has been affected as they also have a database of affected vehicles.
Once you have determined if your vehicle was affected you should contact your local dealer. Even if you have a preferred mechanic be sure to use the dealership as they will make the repair for free. When your vehicle is there the airbags will be replaced with non faulty ones. This will once again make your vehicle safe. So be sure to follow up with this recall as your life truly does depend on it.