Last year, 2015 was a year of unprecedented number of recalls in automotive history. A whopping 51.2 million cars were recalled for defects that needed to be fixed in 868 campaigns that shook the US automotive industry.
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Major on this ignoble list was the recall involving airbag maker, Takata that as at the last count has racked upto nine deaths attributed to its defective airbags.
Reports from Carscoops indicate that upto 25% of these defects are left unrepaired every year. Thereby either endangering the immediate users or new user who buy these cars during a resell. For instance, a teenager in Pittsburgh, US who bought a car from a relative didn’t know the car was recalled back in 2010 but was not fixed. He started using the car and got killed by the defective exploding airbag in the car.
Sadly, but importantly why I am doing this post is that most of these cars find their way to Nigeria.
So you see the need of paying greater attention to this information. As you need to either get your car back to the dealer to fix it under the recall program, check that new but used car you want to buy either there in US, or order from here in Nigeria.
Buttressing this, the United States’ NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) announced the launch of its “Safe Cars Save Lives” public awareness campaign, which urges consumers to check for open recalls on their cars at least twice a year and to get them fixed as soon as possible.
“Recalls are a serious safety issue that should be promptly addressed. An informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired.
Some other cases of the sad consequences of not effecting these repairs exemplified by the fact that approximately 100 injuries have been attributed to Takata airbags worldwide, one case being a 25-year old woman from Utah who was left unable to speak after the airbag in her 2003 Honda Civic EX blew up in her face and severed her throat.
Please check for your car’s VIN number from the base of the windscreen, driver’s door pillar, car documents and go online to confirm the recall status of your car, if you need to be concerned or not.