WHEW! Dodged the Air Bag Recall

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    May 20, 2015 5:12 PM GMT
    Some 34 million US cars are being recalled because of Takata Company airbags, installed in almost every make of car. Problem is they're too powerful, I believe, explode like little hand grenades in your face, have killed some people.

    Recall notices are going out, but since the cars date back to 2001, I assume some people will be missed. So I went to a Ford site and entered the VIN, and came up negative for all recalls. You need the VIN because a year and model number alone don't indicate who various component suppliers were, that can change throughout a model run at any given time.

    I recommend you do the same thing. And possibly to get on a local dealer's list early for replacement. I suspect there's gonna be long waits at some places once the notices are mailed out.
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    May 20, 2015 5:18 PM GMT
    SaferCar.gov for info
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    May 20, 2015 7:58 PM GMT
    I was amazed that I got a recall letter from Honda on a 8 year old Element. A friend that sold Fords said dealers love recalls because it brings in a ton a business. It's true with me. I've never had any service done but my local honda dealer.
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    May 21, 2015 12:14 AM GMT
    I wasn't so lucky. 3 month back log of orders at Honda.
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    May 21, 2015 12:20 AM GMT
    courtnyou saidI wasn't so lucky. 3 month back log of orders at Honda.

    icon_sad.gif Yeah, I read Honda got hardest hit, evidently the majority of their airbags come from Takata.
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    May 21, 2015 12:23 AM GMT
    DefensiveEnd saidSaferCar.gov for info

    I'm now reading that US Government site isn't up to date, still processing the millions of VINs coming in from the car manufacturers.

    Makes me wonder if the Ford site is current. I'll check again next week.
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    May 21, 2015 1:29 AM GMT
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    DefensiveEnd saidSaferCar.gov for info

    I'm now reading that US Government site isn't up to date, still processing the millions of VINs coming in from the car manufacturers.

    Makes me wonder if the Ford site is current. I'll check again next week.

    Yeah, it says it may take several weeks for individual VINs to show up and to check back periodically. Frustrating.
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    May 21, 2015 3:25 AM GMT

    I'm scared of those fuckers.
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    May 21, 2015 3:59 AM GMT
    NYT: Automakers on Wednesday were still sorting out which cars needed to be included in the expanded recall of cars with Takata airbags, leaving many consumers with more questions than answers.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/business/confusion-reigns-in-airbag-recall.html?ref=business
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    May 21, 2015 4:28 AM GMT
    I received a notice in the mail a month ago on my 8 year old Mazda 6 saying that there's been a recall on this. Still waiting on my official letter they said they would mail when it was time to take it in to get replaced.
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    May 21, 2015 5:12 AM GMT
    It's too early to even check the VIN number databases. It could take months.
    It's also not clear that the company actually has the resources (or an actual plan) to fix all of these cars.

    It's not that the charges are too powerful, it's that as they age, they absorb water and get lumpy. So when they're triggered, they don't burn smoothly any more. They fizzle, pop, and sometimes explode.

    Which gets me wondering - both of the vehicles that I own that have airbags are too old to be affected by this current controvorsey. What does that even mean? We have lots of experience with what happens to 20 year old transmissions, and how to deal with it. We don't have any experience with driving around with 20 year old explosive charges in our faces.

    Maybe these things should be changed every five years or something. But there isn't any supply line for doing that.
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    May 21, 2015 7:46 AM GMT
    Check your automaker database. I checked Subaru today and they had all the years and models listed, along with a special notice that they had only used those airbags on the passenger side. Fortunately, my '14 Outback was not on the list.
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    May 21, 2015 11:15 PM GMT
    I'd been driving a rebuilt, salvage title, 2003 Pontiac Vibe, and the passenger side airbag had been recalled. But, the company was reluctant to recall the driver's side airbags, and I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with a claymore mine pointed at my head. So, I ended up buying a 2015 Ford Escape AWD, which is so far proving to be an absolutely wonderful car. A week after I got the Ford, it was announced that the Vibe's driver's side airbags would be recalled.