According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there is a recall out this week for defective airbags. While some automakers have been recalling cars with Takata airbags for over two years, the NHTSA is now urging people affected to take their car to the dealer immediately. It has been reported that some airbags made by Takata have essentially turned into bombs, with inflator mechanisms exploding and sending shrapnel flying into the face/neck, causing at least four deaths already.
Over 7 million cars in various models of Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors are affected. Ten Manufacturers, twenty brands noted so far. NHTSA claims urgency for residents in Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and Hawaii.
You can click here to see if your airbag was made by Takata. It has been suggested that you do not carry people in the front passenger seat and if the replacement part is not yet available to have the passenger's seat airbags temporarily disabled.