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Deadly Takata airbags recall is still ongoing

by EMILY BONSANT
Staff Writer | September 9, 2021 10:15 AM

Story has been edited to provide links to more information.

SANDPOINT — Owners of vehicles with deadly Takata Airbags should have received a notice in the mail last week from the Idaho Transportation Department.

The Takata Airbags recall was initiated in 2008, yet more than 14 million defective Takata airbags remain on U.S. roads today.

“When these airbags go off, they act like a bomb,” Chelsea Heckathorn on behalf of SafeAirbags.com said.

Heckathorn warns that these airbags could explode and send sharp metal shrapnel flying which will pose a threat to those in the car and others on the roadways.

Even if a vehicle’s airbags have been fixed in the past, they could still be one of 14 million vehicles currently in the U.S with an active recall, Heckathorn said.

Idaho drivers who own a vehicle with recalled Takata airbags have received several recall notifications over the past few years and have received another letter this month from the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles, Heckathorn said, this should not be ignored.

The letter directs consumers with recalled Takata airbags to immediately schedule an appointment with a local dealership. These repairs are free and applies to vehicles that have been previously repaired as well, Heckathorn said

To check if your vehicle has been recalled visit SafeAirBags.com