By now, most vehicle owners have heard about the massive recall of vehicles with Tanaka airbags installed. These airbags could deploy a much greater force than intended, spraying “shrapnel-like” material and potentially injuring or even killing vehicle occupants. If you have heard about this and just blew it off, do yourself (and your passengers) a favor and think again.

In June 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a regional recall of vehicles equipped with certain airbags, urging owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags.

Last month, the watchdog group announced it is calling for a national recall of vehicles with certain driver’s side frontal air bags made by Takata. This decision is based on the agency’s evaluation of a recent driver’s side air bag failure in a vehicle outside the current regional recall area and its relationship to five previous driver’s side air bag ruptures, all of which are covered by existing regional recalls.

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