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Millions of Airbags Have Been Recalled Due To Risk of Exploding

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Heads up, drivers: Takata is expanding its already huge airbag recall on by a whopping 3.3 million additional airbag inflators. The Takata airbag recall program, which was expanded to a national level back in 2014, is now the largest in U.S. history, affecting more than 40 million vehicles.

Scarily enough, this airbag recall is due to the same concerns from the previous sets of recalls — that the airbag inflators may explode and spray dangerous metal fragments into the cars. Even more frightening, this latest set of recalls actually covers three separate batches of cars from 2009, 2010, and 2013 model years, according to Consumer Reports. Yikes! Considering this airbag recall — like the ones in years past — has included so many different types of cars, it's worth checking out the list to see if your car is on it.

To check if your car has an open recall, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website and search your 17-digit vehicle identification number. If your car is included in this latest group of recalls, or if you have any other open recall on your vehicle at the moment, you're encouraged to contact NHTSA through its Safety Hotline (888-327-4236) or to visit SaferCar.gov.

Latest Takata Airbag Recalls

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18E-001 (2013 Models Only) Vehicles recalled: 1 million 2013 models from these automakers: General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Tesla, and Toyota. Automakers are to report the specific models at a later date.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18E-002 (2010 Models Only) Vehicles recalled: 1.5 million 2010 models from these automakers: Audi, BMW, Daimler vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota. Automakers are to report the specific models at a later date.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18E-003 (2009 Models Only) Vehicles recalled: 800,000 vehicles from the 2009 model year from these automakers: Audi, BMW, Daimler vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota. Automakers are to report the specific models at a later date.

Stay safe out there, all you drivers — and make sure your passengers are safe, too!

h/t Consumer Reports

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