If you’re wondering if your car is among those listed for recall, what with the recently announced problems with air bags, then the Consumer Federation of America has a tool.
The good news, CFA said in a news release this week, is that millions of Americans are covered for an air-bag fix. The not-so-good news is that it could take years to get safe parts manufactured and replaced in affected vehicles.
For now, there are steps that consumers can take.
First, find your vehicle’s identification number (VIN) by looking in at your dash from the outside of the driver’s side or on the outer edge of the driver’s door. The ID number also is available on your registration card.
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When you have the number, go to safercar.gov/vin and type in your VIN.
If your vehicle is part of the recall, contact any dealer that covers your brand of car and schedule a replacement appointment. There is no charge for this fix, CFA said.
While you’re at it, ask your dealer (or the manufacturer of your vehicle) for a loaner vehicle while parts are being manufactured.
If your vehicle is not listed as being involved in this recall, check back on a regular basis to see whether it has been added.