AutoNation, the largest car chain in the US, announced that it has stopped sales of pre-owned vehicles which have been affected by a potentially harmful air bag defect. This decision has been tied to the confusion in air bag-related advice given by different automakers and a lack of direction about the issue from the government.
According to the company’s CEO, this issue has crippled the auto industry because of the confusing and incoherent vehicle recalls by several automakers. About ten companies recalled over 12 million vehicles with air bags manufactured by the Takata Corporation, a Japan-based part supplier. Some have announced nationwide recalls, while others limited them to several Southern states with higher humidity – a factor that is said to impact air bag vulnerability. Several automakers are providing replacements but only for vehicles in very humid Southern areas. Overall, the recalls affect many models manufactured by General Motors, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Nissan, and Subaru.
You have 10 different manufacturers taking 10 different positions. How are we and the consumers supposed to figure out what is the right line?” the CEO also added that the recall effort should be coordinated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Drivers are urged to immediately take their vehicles to a car dealership and get their air bags looked at. Some may have to wait for months to get their replacement. Individuals could also call NHTSA’s safety hotline (1-888-327-4236) or use your car’s VIN to see if you are affected by this or any other reported problem.
Read more here – “AutoNation Halts Sales of Used Cars Affected by Air Bag Recalls,” (Felix Balthasar, Maine News).