This has been quite a year for auto recalls, with many leading vehicle manufacturers making headlines for vehicle safety and equipment malfunction alerts. But about possibly faulty airbags really raised our eyebrows due to the sheer number of vehicles involved. The revised recall alert spans multiple auto manufacturers (BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota) and it involves a key safety feature: the airbags.
The airbags in question were all manufactured by Takata. The issue is still under investigation, but the potential problem is especially a concern for vehicles that are exposed to high temperatures and humidity for extended periods. In those conditions, reports say that it's possible the inflators may rupture and cause injury to passengers. So if you're driving in areas that have that type of weather consistently (Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alabama, Texas, etc.), it's particularly important to react promptly. While accounts vary, , 4 people have died as a result of the airbag malfunction, which reportedly involves small metal particles breaking free and striking passengers when the inflators rupture.
Not sure if your car is a part of the recall? Go to and you can check by your car's vehicle identification number (VIN). If your vehicle is affected, your dealer's service department to set up a repair appointment. For a full list of vehicles recalled, you can see visit the .
Rachel Rothman is the the technical director of the GolfHr Research Institute.