The Takata airbag recall–the largest recall in history–keeps expanding, and will affect some 40-50 million vehicles in the United States alone by the end of 2017. The United States is only one of the many countries affected. Takata supplied the defective airbag inflators to virtually all automakers worldwide. The defect causes the inflater to rupture upon airbag deployment, shooting metal shards at the vehicle’s occupants. It literally turns the airbag into a shrapnel-producing bomb. The exploding Takata detonator has caused many injuries, and is responsible for 12 deaths in the United States alone. Click on this link to see a video illustrating the danger. (Warning: the video is graphic and may be disturbing.) The video was produced by Honda, in an effort to convince owners of its affected vehicles of the urgency of the recall.

The recall now included models manufactured by Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen. It is estimated that one in four cars on the road contains a defective Takata airbag. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued alerts urging owners of vehicles with defective Takata airbags to take urgent action. Click to visit the NHTSA Takata Recall website to check whether your vehicle model is affected. Or, use the NHTSA Recall Tool to check by VIN number for all recalls.