What you need to know if your car is affected by the Takata airbag recall

What you need to know if your car is affected by the Takata airbag recall

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state filed suit Friday against auto part maker Takata over its deadly faulty airbags.

About 70,000 cars with the airbags have been sold to Hawaii residents.

Here's what the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs wants you to know if you're affected:

  • Where can I find out if my car is affected by the Takata airbag recall?

Talk to your dealer or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recall website.

To find your vehicle identification number, look on the lower left of your car's windshield. Your VIN is also located on your car's registration card.

  • Is the list on NHTSA’s website complete?

Unfortunately, the number of vehicles subject to the recall changes weekly. To be safe, check regularly for updates.

  • I received a recall notice by mail, where should I take my car to get serviced?

Go to the nearest dealer for your car's manufacturer.

  • Do I have to be the original owner to qualify under the recall.

No. If you own a car subject to the recall, you should immediately make arrangements with the nearest dealer to have its airbag replaced.

  • Will I be charged to replace the airbag.

No. The replacement is free.

  • I didn’t receive an official recall notice from my car’s manufacturer. Can I still get my car fixed?

Yes. You do not need an official recall notice to get your airbag replaced. If your car is under the Takata recall listed on NHTSA's website you should contact the closest dealer for your car's manufacturer as soon as possible and schedule an appointment.

  • I need my car to get around and get to work. How can I get the airbag fixed if I don’t have alternate transportation?

You should ask the car dealer for a loaner. Some, but not all, car companies are providing loaner vehicles or paying for rental cars while you wait for your car to be repaired.

  • Should I disable my airbag myself, or get my mechanic to disable it?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not recommend disabling your airbag since doing so poses its own risks.

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