Frequently Asked Questions

A list of all vehicles that are affected, or will be affected, by the Takata recalls is available here. If your vehicle is currently under recall, you should have received a notice in the mail from your vehicle’s manufacturer. If you haven’t received a notice but believe your vehicle may be included, use NHTSA’s Recalls Lookup Tool to check. Please note that vehicles that have not yet been recalled according to the recall schedule will not be searchable. Vehicle owners should sign up for NHTSA’s Recall Alerts to be notified if their vehicle is affected by the expanded recall. NHTSA also suggests that all consumers check for recalls twice a year, and sign up for Recall Alerts, to see if any vehicle they own is subject to a recall.

Every recall is serious, so it’s important that you contact your dealer as soon as possible to make an appointment to get it fixed.

To see if your vehicle can be repaired now, use NHTSA’s Recalls Lookup Tool.

If your vehicle can be remedied now, it will display in red the message that the recall is “incomplete.”

If your vehicle cannot be remedied now, it will display in red the message that the recall is “incomplete—parts not available.”

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This information may also be contained in the letter your vehicle manufacturer sent to you notifying you of a safety recall on your vehicle. If you do not have that letter or cannot recall receiving it, you can always contact your local dealer or your manufacturer directly for more information.

If a dealer refuses to repair your vehicle in accordance with the recall letter, you should notify the manufacturer immediately. You can also file a complaint with NHTSA and provide as many details as possible, including the name of the dealership and any personnel involved.

No. NHTSA estimates that frontal air bags saved 2,400 lives in 2014 alone. It is far more likely that, if you are involved in a crash, your air bag will perform properly and protect you than it will rupture and cause harm. An air bag that is purposely disabled has a 100-percent chance of failing to provide any protection in a crash.

Vehicles equipped with air bags, including air bags that are under recall, save lives and reduce injuries. The vast majority of Takata air bags will perform as expected. However, as made clear by the agency’s unprecedented action, we do not accept even the small number of failures; lives have been lost due to this defect. If you feel uncomfortable continuing to drive your vehicle before the recall repair has been performed on your vehicle, you should contact your dealer and ask for a loaner until an interim or a final repair is completed. Dealers and manufacturers are not required to provide you a loaner car, but it can never hurt to ask.

A small number of manufacturers are replacing older Takata inflators with newly manufactured versions of these same Takata inflators. Even though these replacements will eventually need to be replaced as well, you should still have an interim repair performed if it is offered to you.

The data NHTSA has collected unequivocally points to the age of the inflator as being a critical factor in the likelihood of rupture. An older inflator is more likely to rupture than a newer version of the same inflator. Therefore, replacing the older inflator with a newer version reduces the safety risk associated with your vehicle until a final remedy inflator can be produced and installed. All owners that have an interim remedy applied will still be offered a free final remedy inflator and should be sure to have that repair done as well.

Yes, that is correct. Repairs are prioritized to reduce risk. If you received an interim remedy, your risk has been reduced. A vehicle that has yet to receive any remedy is now a higher priority to be repaired. But it is still better to receive the interim remedy now to reduce your immediate risk. You will still be entitled to a free, final remedy. All vehicles with interim repairs are scheduled to be recalled for the final remedy no later than Dec. 31, 2019. While there is an inconvenience of having your vehicle serviced twice, or having to wait longer for a final remedy, rejecting an interim remedy is not worth the continued higher risk of injury or even death while waiting for the final remedy.

NHTSA is prioritizing Takata air bag repairs to ensure that vehicles with air bags that pose a higher threat to safety are fixed first while simultaneously working to ensure that parts are available to repair every affected vehicle as quickly as possible.

Based on testing, field experience, and research, older inflators in vehicles that have experienced prolonged exposure to hot and humid conditions pose a much greater risk of rupturing. Accordingly, NHTSA has ordered manufacturers to replace inflators in older vehicles that are most likely to have been exposed to hot and humid conditions first. Additional factors, such as whether the inflator is in a driver or passenger side air bag, factor into how your vehicle’s repair has been prioritized.

Regardless of these circumstances, every defective air bag inflator must be—and will be—replaced. We ask for your understanding while the air bags that pose a higher risk to their vehicle’s drivers and occupants are replaced first.

The data collected and examined by NHTSA demonstrates that long-term exposure to combined high heat and humidity creates the risk that a Takata inflator is likely to rupture. A vehicle that “winters” in a hot and humid location is not subjected to the same sustained periods of heat and humidity as a vehicle that has been driven in these conditions year-round for a prolonged period.

The current list of affected vehicles, by priority group, for all 19 of the affected manufacturers is available here (PDF 616 KB). If you have any questions or concerns, contact your manufacturer directly.