Mobile Takata Air Bag Repair Program Coming To Texas, Who Qualifies?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tens of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags are under recall.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tens of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags are under recall. If your dealership has inventory with a recalled, unrepaired Takata airbag, heads up, you may qualify to get it fixed. The program runs March 2-6, 2020 in select Texas cities, and is part of NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Recalls Week.
1. Who Qualifies For These Repairs
You may qualify if a) your dealership is located in the Greater Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston or San Antonio areas and b) your inventory has one or more vehicles with an unrepaired Takata airbag recall from one of the following OEMs:
• Fiat Chrysler
• General Motors
Check your inventory, run each VIN through www.safecar.gov
2. Schedule A Repair:
To schedule an appointment for a repair, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Once scheduled, a mobile repair unit will be sent directly to your dealership.
The program is made possible through a partnership between the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) and Check to Protect in an effort to help facilitate the recall repair process and save dealers time and money.
Best Practices For Vehicles With Open Safety Recalls
As motor vehicle recalls are added frequently by the National Highway and Transportation and Safety Administration, chances are that most independent dealers will eventually find vehicles in their inventory with open safety recalls. While there is no law that prohibits a dealer from selling a vehicle subject to an open recall, that does not mean a dealer is protected from all legal exposures regarding such a sale.
Dealers are encouraged to run each VIN through the www.safecar.gov tool at the time of closing. Print out the corresponding report, have the customer sign it and keep a copy of the report in the deal jacket. This practice ensures that you are making a good faith effort to disclose the most accurate recall information available. Again, full disclosure regarding recalls is the best practice.
Read more about best practices for open safety recalls.