Attorney General Alerts

    Air Bag Recalls Expanding


    August 17, 2016

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to issue recalls for Takata air bags. The air bags used by many popular manufacturers, including Acura, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and more, were reportedly made with a propellant that can degrade over time causing the air bag to rupture and propel shards of metal into the vehicle. According to the NHTSA, the air bags have attributed to at least 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States.

    The NHTSA is urging consumers to not drive certain 2001-2003 Honda vehicles and to immediately call the dealer to schedule a free repair. It is believed that the inflators in these vehicles are at a higher risk of rupturing during air bag deployment.

    The recall was expanded earlier this summer to as many as 68 million inflators. The expansion includes all driver and passenger frontal Takata air bags that have ammonium nitrate-based propellant air bag inflators without a chemical drying agent. The age of the inflator, along with prolonged exposure to a hot and humid climate pose a much greater risk of rupturing. According to the NHTSA, nearly 9.4 million air bags have been repaired so far.

    Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to educate themselves about this recall and to take immediate action to avoid injury or even death.

    “Arkansans should take all recalls seriously, especially the Takata air bag recall,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This is one of the most serious and largest recalls in American history. Manufacturers are sending recall notices and replacing air bags free of charge to the vehicle owners as replacements are available. These notices should be considered urgent warnings and plans should be made to have the air bags replaced quickly.”

    Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to help Arkansans research recalls and determine if the air bag in their vehicle is on the recall list.

    • Visit SaferCar.gov to get the latest information on the Takata recall.
    • Search the NHTSA’s database or contact the vehicle manufacturer or car dealer for recalls by the Vehicle Identification Number, which is visible from the outside of the vehicle through the driver’s side windshield.
    • Sign up at SaferCar.gov to receive email notifications from the NHTSA to learn when manufacturers file new recalls.

    The NHTSA has classified states into three zones in order to prioritize the air bag replacements. Arkansas is included in zone B, and the NHTSA anticipates issuing recalls in phases through December 2019. Earlier this summer, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration reported 22,620 vehicles that are registered in Arkansas are impacted by this recall.

    For more information on auto recalls, vehicle warranties and other consumer-related issues or to file a consumer complaint, contact the Attorney General's office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.

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