Safety regulators recently issued an urgent alert for millions of drivers. Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, General Motors, Ford, Mitsubishi and Subaru are among automakers recalling vehicles. Local auto dealers say, it could take weeks or months to get a Takata airbag found in many of the listed models. 

Eight million vehicles made by ten different automakers have been recalled due to flawed airbags that could explode and hit passengers with shrapnel. In 2014, General Motors recalled 13.8 million vehicles in the U.S. As of this October; families blame faulty ignition switches for 30 deaths. Other problems on the recall list include, hoods that don't lock, faulty rear wheel suspension, breaks that overheat and electronic issues that could affect airbag deployment. GM isn't the only automaker having to back track.  Chrysler recently announced two recalls involving a half million vehicles, many for airbag and seat belt defects. Ford just announced it has 2007-2008 crossover models on the road that could catch on fire if the fuel tank brackets are corroded.

NHTSA has a search engine that allows owners to look up recalls on their vehicle.  That link is:  <>>

A good resource is:  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to <>.

Here are the numbers to contact the auto makers directly by phone if you have questions:

Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546

GMC at 1-866-996-9463

Buick at 1-800-521-7300

Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339