The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that additional vehicles have been added to the Takata air bag recall. According to the NHTSA, Nissan, Ford and Mazda vehicles with Takata air bag inflators could pose a safety risk to consumers. At this time, there have been no reported ruptures involving these vehicles. This recall is being initiated because of a data from ongoing proactive testing ordered by the NHTSA. The inflators in question were manufactured between 2005 and 2012 and made with a drying agent or desiccant. The larger recall involves Takata inflators without the added drying agent.

Additional Vehicles Added to Takata Recall

Nissan has issued a recall on 515,394 vehicles. The models involved are 2007-2011 Versa Sedans and 2007-2012 Versa Hatchbacks. These cars have Takata air bags with PSDI-5 desiccated inflators. Ford and Mazda have also filed defect notices, but both of the automakers have informed the NHTSA that they intend to file petitions requesting exemptions from the recall. They are legally allowed to do that. They must submit a petition of an inconsequential defect and supporting data within the month. When that is received, it will be made available for public comment. The NHTSA will then consider the merits of the petition to determine a final decision.

Check Your Vehicle for Recalls

The NHTSA is urging motorists to check their vehicles for any open recalls. You can do this by using Safercar.gov’s VIN Lookup Tool. Locate your car’s VIN and punch it into the search engine. If your car is under any recall notices, contact a local dealership for a free repair immediately. Don’t wait for a postcard in the mail. Since additional vehicles are frequently being added to the Takata recall and to other recalls, it’s important to check your vehicle’s VIN periodically. Additionally, if you think a faulty or defective part caused your injury or car accident, contact the manufacturer, the NHTSA and a personal injury attorney with your concerns immediately.

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