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Airbag Recall A Major Concern In Houston

A recall of defective airbags includes almost 70 million vehicles in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 250,000 vehicles in Greater Houston are on the list.

Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen R. Cohen joins community leaders to discuss the Takata Airbag Recall.
Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen R. Cohen joins community leaders to discuss the Takata Airbag Recall.

The largest recall in U.S. history involves tens of millions of vehicles on the road right now. Community leaders in Houston are urging people to check whether or not their vehicles are on the list for a new airbag.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the time to wait is over. Especially in Houston.

“More than 250,000 vehicles in Houston contain defective airbag inflators. Even a minor impact could cause the airbag to deploy and spray shrapnel.” says Brenda Stardig, Houston City Council member and the chair of public safety and homeland defense.

The massive recall of Takata airbags includes 22 different auto manufacturers, and vehicles built as recently as last year. Georgia Chakiris is with the Highway Administration. She says there is a priority list.

“We are working to get the most series vehicle’s airbag inflators replaced first.” say Chakiris.

Those vehicles include more than 10,000 in Greater Houston in which the airbag is as likely to injure you as it will protect you. To find out if your vehicle is on the recall list, you can go to AirbagRecall.com and enter your vehicle identification number.

Because so many automobiles are included in the recall, local dealers may not have the necessary parts for every vehicle on the list. But according to Administration officials, parts are available for those most in need.

And if you get the runaround from a dealer about replacing a defective airbag, City Councilman Steve Le recommends you copy his approach: “We got aggressive with it,” said Le. He said he asked a local dealer, “Do you want someone that owns your car that could possibly die the next day that they drive?” He added, “They finally got us a loaner.”   

According to officials, the list of almost 70 million vehicles in the U.S. is likely to expand.

 

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