How to tell if your car has been recalled

Bill Nelson; Takata
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. holds an example of the defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the U.S. during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Japanese air bag maker doubled a recall of its air bags in May to 33.8 million, making it the largest recall in U.S. history. The air bags can inflate too quickly and explode, sending metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)- Some 32 million cars out on the roads are affected by the Takata air bag recall. The big question is your car one of them? According to a study by Kelly Blue Book most people aren’t even aware of it.

According to Kelly Blue Book, the Takata air bag recall ranks pretty low when it comes to general awareness of current events. More people are familiar with zika and Hillary Clinton’s emails then the recall.

Some 32 million vehicles are part of this recall among 33 different auto makers, making it the largest auto recall in history. The concern here is a defect can make the airbag more explosive. Shrapnel can even spray during a crash, causing severe injury or death.

We’ve got your back with how to tell if your car is affected. All you have to do is go to “safercar.gov.” On the right hand side of the page there’s a button that says search for recalls by vin.” All you have to do is click it and then put in your vehicle’s vin number. You can find that number on your windshield, inside the driver side door or on your registration. Within minutes, you’ll find out if your car is part of the Takata recall or any recall for that matter.

“You can go on safercar.gov, you can sign up for email alerts by just plugging your email and every time there is a recall based on the subject matter you’re interested in you’ll get notified by the National Highway Safety Administration,” said Fran Mayko, AAA spokesperson.

So it’s pretty easy to find out about a recall or stay informed. Drivers are encouraged to check the safer car website a couple times a year to make sure there are no issues they need to know about.

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