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Does Your Vehicle Have Takata Airbags?

Takata’s defective airbags are behind the largest recall in US history. More than 34 million vehicles with these airbags are currently under recall. Additional vehicles will be added to the recall by December 2019. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expanded the recall in December to cover another 3.3 million airbags. You could use NHTSA’s website to discover if your vehicle has an unfixed recall for Takata airbags. First, you would need to find your vehicle identification number (VIN). Your vehicle’s VIN can typically be found on the insurance card or the driver’s side dashboard. Once you have it, input the number into the VIN lookup tool on NHTSA’s site. You could call your dealership to see if they have the parts available to make repairs if your vehicle has an unfixed recall. Why Are Takata Airbags Dangerous? Takata inflators use ammonium nitrate to deploy airbags. Ammonium nitrate becomes…
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CarMax Accused of Selling Defective Vehicles with Open Recalls

If you have recently purchased a vehicle at CarMax, then you should continue reading the contents of this blog. Three consumer safety organizations have accused CarMax of selling defective vehicles with open recalls. The Center for Auto Safety, the CARS Foundation and MASSPIRG Education Fund collaborated on a study that analyzed 1,699 vehicles sold at eight CarMax locations in three states. According to the study, titled Used Car Roulette, an average of 27 percent of vehicles sold by CarMax have these defects. Some of the vehicles sold at CarMax contain defects that are responsible for injuries and deaths in the US. Forty-five of the vehicles contained defective Takata airbags, which can explode with excessive force. These airbags are linked to 13 deaths and dozens of injuries in the US. Other vehicles included in the report contained multiple defects that were currently under recall. In one case, a GMC Sierra contained…
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