How to check to see if your airbag is recalled

- The biggest airbag recall in history got bigger. It has doubled. 

Here are the basic facts first. The federal government recall of Takata airbags is now at 68.8 million. The government says they've been tied to 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries. 
 
And here's why. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says they can deploy with too much force and send shards from the canister into passengers. 
 
A teenager in Texas was killed in what witnesses describe as a run-of-the-mill fender bender. A bystander watched it happen and investigators back up his assessment that the airbag killed her. 
 
"She actually got out of the car and took a step and fell. Collapsed," said a man who watched it happened. 
 
Investigators concluded, "The airbag inflator ruptured causing the metal fragment to be forced through the airbag striking Ms. Hanif."
 
So, this expanded recall is something to take very seriously. It will take place over a period of time --
from May 2016 through 2019. The good news is that since this recall started last year the government says the potentially most dangerous ones are already being removed. 
 
Here's the big question: How do you know if your airbag is being recalled? Go to www.safercar.gov and put in your VIN. 
 
You can also go to the Consumer Reports website at www.consumerreports.org
 
You can't just get a recalled airbag replaced immediately. There is a backlog. But if you have a vehicle younger than six years old, you are safe for a while. The government says the risk increases as it ages. 
 
If you have a used car know that dealers can legally sell a used car without telling you about open recalls. So you might not know anything about it unless you check. The government VIN search goes back 15 years. 
 
In the meantime, experts say don't disable your airbag.  NHTSA says that you are more likely to be saved by an airbag than killed by one. 
 
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