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Largest Recall in Automotive History. Check your VIN!

Now, it is official.  The controversial airbag safety debate is concluded - Takata, the largest producer of automotive air bags, has agreed to declare that the air bag inflators it has produced are defective.  This affects about 33.8 million vehicles out there.

The Japanese company, Takata has denied that its products were defective for more than 10 years even as drivers all over the world were killed by exploding airbags.  Many automakers did their own recall to replace the defective air bag units as a result.

To put the number of affective vehicles (33.4 million) in perspective, that is about 1 in 7 vehicles on the road in America today.

Takata, in a statement, said that the announcement was the culmination of a year of work with automakers and the safety agency.

“We are committed to continuing to work closely with N.H.T.S.A. and our automaker customers to do everything we can to advance the safety of drivers,” said Shigehisa Takada, Takata’s chairman and chief executive.

So which automakers are affected by this recall?  Eleven automakers are affected including Honda with the most vehicles equipped with Takata air bags and dozens of models made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota dating to the 2001 model year are also affected.

If you are the first owner of the vehicle, you will get a notice in the mail most likely.  If you are driving a car that's not offically registered on your name or you have an outdated mailing address with DMV, you may not get the mail even if your car is covered under the recall.

If you are not sure if your car has one of those defective air bag manufactured by Takata, you can check the status by entering the VIN number of you car at the website below:

Largest Recall in Automotive History. Check your VIN! Reviewed by Brandon on 1:48 PM Rating: 5

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