State officials stress checking vehicles for defective air bags

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — State leaders held a press conference to address the air bag recall. They want to make sure everyone checks to see if their car is safe, and if it’s not, that they get it repaired as soon as possible.

“There is no need for immediate panic,” said the Governor. “It is still early in the process and people can and should drive their cars.”

But the Governor said people should immediately check their vehicle to see if it has been recalled.

“Get on the list at your dealership early,” said Gov. Malloy. “Get worked on by authorized dealer who knows how to make the specific repairs.”

A defect in the Takata-made airbag inflators has resulted in five deaths nationwide, six worldwide, because of flying shrapnel. The defect resulted in 34 million vehicles being recalled.

“An educated, proactive consumer is best way to prevent harm,” said Commissioner Jonathan Harris, Department of Consumer Protection.

This website will allow drivers to enter a vehicle identification number to check if they’re on the recall list. The website crashed Wednesday due to high volume, but officials say it’s still important to check back periodically to see if your vehicle is recalled, and to also make sure you’re in line for the product, suddenly in high-demand.

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