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How do you know if your airbag is recalled?

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To know if your airbag has been recalled, visit the website of the car manufacturer, and use the recall lookup tool by providing the car's vehicle identification number. A product recall check provides information about the car's recall history, including safety recall information specific to your vehicle.

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Aside from the recall lookup on the automaker's website, you can also check the recall lookup tool offered at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website. The tool also covers information about possible incomplete repairs on your car and notes whether it has been part of a safety recall in the past 15 years. According to the NHTSA, it may take a few days to several weeks before a car manufacturer can provide details if your car's airbag has been recalled because it takes time to check the VIN associated with a defective airbag.

The massive Takata airbag recall affected a number of large automakers, including Honda, Toyota, BMW, Ford and Nissan. These manufacturers, along with a few others, released the years, makes and models of cars equipped with Takata airbags. However, as of 2015, the total number of affected cars and manufacturers remains unknown because the airbag manufacturer is not sure which cars come equipped with the defective inflators.

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