From faulty airbags to bad ignition switches, automotive recalls have been at the center of many controversies in the past few decades. Perhaps the one generating the most media attention over the past decade has been the Takata airbag recall. It has been ongoing for over a decade now and auto manufacturers continue to recall vehicles.
The Takata Airbag recall involves airbags that use the chemical ammonium nitrate to deploy airbags in a crash. The chemical can deteriorate, a process that is sped up in warm, humid climates. This can lead to the airbag exploding with too much force, sending metal shrapnel flying through the vehicle.
Auto Body News reports that automakers have rolled out an online tool to help with the Takata airbag and other part recalls.
In early July, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation announced its support for a new tool that is automaker driven. The tool will allow anyone who handles aftermarket parts, businesses, and associations to help identify recalled Takata airbags. It will also help dealerships recognize and dispose of parts that cannot be sold under federal law.
According to officials, the website will help prevent parts from appearing for sale at salvage yards and recycling facilities. The tool, available at www.FreePartCheck.com will require no login or account to look up parts.
By entering the part number, the user will discover if the parts are subject to recall. They may also search for many parts simultaneously. They will also receive information about the free pickup and disposal of recalled Takata airbags.
Several manufacturers and brands have information available in the database.
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