34-million cars need to be fixed after airbag maker Takata recalled nearly one out of every seven cars on the road, causing a major backlog at dealerships in the Bay Area and around the country.
The air bag defect that has killed six and injured 100 is now expanding to cover 34 million air bags across the entire United States. Car owners can look up their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) online here.
The Japanese company has refused to comply with a U.S. government demand for an expanded recall of its air bags that can explode and shoot out shrapnel.
A defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers. Is your car on the list?
The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes.
RECALL: 4.7 Million People’s Air Bags Could Spew Deadly Metal Fragments When They Detonate, 4 People Already Killed
Safety advocates say at least four people have died from metal shards released when faulty air bags explode, and there have been multiple injuries. They also say more than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. are equipped with the faulty air bags, and the problem is apparently worse in humid areas.
BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix a growing air bag problem that is hitting much of the auto industry.
The recall covers vans from the 2009-2014 model years and includes GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express models.
A young East Bay driver says she got the scare of her life when the airbags in her 2001 Ford Focus suddenly deployed for no apparent reason as she was exiting a parking lot at ten miles at hour.