The following are answers to some of the most frequent questions asked surrounding the recalls:
Most owners of recalled vehicles will receive a notice in the mail. If you have not received a notice but suspect your vehicle may be involved, or if you lost the notice, you can go on safecar.gov or to the maker of your vehicle’s website. Both sites should allow you to enter your car’s vehicle identification or VIN number. This number is unique to your vehicle and using it the database can determine whether your vehicle was recalled. Several lists are also circulating online which should provide you with an initial idea as to whether your vehicle may be involved.
You should immediately contact the closest dealer for your vehicle to schedule an appointment to repair the defect. If you live in an area of high humidity and temperatures you are at an increased risk for serious injury, so do not delay initiating the repair. Some automobile makers have reported that they have long wait times due to part shortages. A few automobile makers are recommending that you not allow passengers to sit in the front passenger seat until the necessary repairs have been made.
The speed of repair will depend upon your automaker. Some automakers are experiencing a shortage of inflator replacement parts, while others are well stocked. Some owners of recalled vehicles report long waits. The government is pushing for speedier repairs.
This will similarly depend on your automaker and your comfort level. Some automakers, like Toyota, have elected to disable the passenger airbags and place a sticker stating that no one should ride in that seat until the replacement has been installed. Other automakers are merely suggesting that drivers not allow passengers in the affected seat until the repair is made. A few automakers are allowing loaner cars to those stuck waiting, but the vast majority are not.
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