Takata Airbag Recall

An airbag recall is underway affecting millions of vehicles in the U.S. from approximately 19 different automakers.  Currently Transport Canada has not received any reports of issues related to airbag deployment supplied by Takata, however they are instructing owners of certain vehicles to have them repaired immediately. Please visit their website for more information regarding the Takata recall, as well as for a list of affected vehicles with Takata airbags that are at a higher risk of failure.

With the recent rise in manufacturer recalls, the VSA is seeing an increase in recall-related questions. While dealers have an obligation to research and disclose the history and condition of a vehicle, consumers are encouraged to conduct their own research as well.

Consumer Best Practices

  • Research the recall history of vehicle models.Resources include the Government of Canada’s general recall website for all categories of products, including vehicles. The USA Department of Transport’s National Highway and Traffic Safety Authority also launched a VIN specific limited recall look up
  • Check the recall history of a specific vehicle with the manufacturer using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). A recall may affect only a certain number of vehicles of the same make, model and year
  • Ask for proof from the dealer of the status of any recall issues from the seller

Dealership Best Practices

  • Checking online and with the manufacturer using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Knowing where a recall was made.  A recall in the United States may not be a recall in Canada
  • Knowing the full scope of a recall.For example, if the problem occurred in just part of the production run, the recall may apply to only certain vehicles of the same model or year
  • Advising consumers of any outstanding or uncorrected recalls. However, recalls required for a vehicle to meet the minimum requirements of the Motor Vehicle Act must be completed before a vehicle is sold for use as transportation