Traffic Safety Administration warns of potentially deadly airbags during Vehicle Safety Recalls Week

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one in four vehicles on the road has an unrepaired recall. NHTSA has designated March 8-12 as Vehicle Safety Recalls Week because every vehicle recall is serious and affects your safety.

One of the most urgent and dangerous recalls open is for defective Takata airbags. A defective part inside the airbag can explode when the airbag deploys, potentially shooting sharp metal fragments at the driver and passengers that can cause serious injuries or death.

As of the end of 2020, there are still more than 200,000 recalled Takata airbags on Indiana roads. Vehicle owners uncertain whether their vehicles are part of the Takata airbag recall can easily check a vehicle’s identification number (VIN) by visiting

Recalls are also issued for car seats, tires, and equipment such as bike racks. You can check on all safety recalls at

All recall repairs are free. Replacement parts should be available for all vehicle makes and models at local dealerships. 

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