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Will Takata's bankruptcy affect recall repairs?

June 26, 2017 08:30 PM

Auto supplier Takata filed for bankruptcy over the weekend, and that potentially affects you.  That's because Takata once made more airbags than any other manufacturer in the world.  Now we know many of those airbags are defective and being recalled.  So we asked the following question: Will the bankruptcy affect your ability to get your airbag fixed?

Takata has sold so many airbags that currently one in four vehicles on the road has an airbag made by the auto supplier.  But defective Takata airbags can explode - sending shards of metal into the vehicle compartment.  

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"This is the charger.  This is what allows the airbag to do its job," said Kevin Parker, Managing Partner at Garber Automotive.  He referenced a round metal device with wires projecting from it sometimes referred to as an inflator.  It’s the part that is being replaced.

But Parker is telling customers not to worry.  He says his dealership which sells cars from four different automakers is handling recalls quickly.

“Depending on the manufacturer, it can be 30 minutes. It can be 45 minutes, but it's certainly not days." That's because there are four manufacturers are now making this charger, so there are more available.  Two years ago the part was in limited supply.

The problem is finding all the owners of cars with a defective airbags.  Experts urge drivers to check themselves.  First you need to locate your VIN - Vehicle Identification Number. You can find your VIN on the driver’s side of the car where the windshield meets the dashboard or on the inside of the driver’s door.

If you bought your car used or you have an older car, it's more difficult for manufacturers to find you.  It's important for you to check to make sure your car doesn't have a recalled airbag.  Here's Deanna's Do List.

  • Go to the government's website, www.safercar.gov. It's easy. You just type your VIN and find out whether you have a recall.
  • If you do, call any dealer and make an appointment. They'll repair the airbag at no cost to you.

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