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Does your car have a faulty airbag ? This simple code can check it

Here's how to find out if you are affected by the recall of hundreds of thousands of Citroën and DS Automobiles cars.

"Citroën asks you to stop driving your vehicle immediately." Voilaà the injunction received a few weeks ago by nearly 200,000 French customers of the chevron brand. This might look like a fraudulent message sent by scammers but no, it's in an official letter dated of May 3 that many Citroën C3 owners learned that a danger on their car could cause serious injuries , even fatal. The nature of the problem ? Defective airbags manufactured by the Japanese company Takata, which had ;ucirc; file for bankruptcy in 2017 following Previous recalls on millions of vehicles across the world worldwide. If today no new car is equipped with these faulty airbags, a very large number are still in circulation.

This is therefore the case for at least 187,000 Citroën C3s in France as well as 65,000 DS3s, from the DS Automobiles brand which, like Citroën, belongs to the Stellantis group. All owners of these vehicles therefore potentially find themselves without a car – not easy when you need one to get to work every day – and very often in a state of total incomprehension. Many drivers of these two models are worried and wondering what to do. While the Rappel Conso website has produced a long list of serial numbers, it is not easy to find out who urgently needs to stop using their car. Fortunately, there is a much simpler way to find out.

Does your car have a faulty airbag ? This simple code can check it

Faced with the scale of the affair, Citroën, for whom publicity is disastrous at the time of the release of its new…C3 électrique, has opened an online page to allow its customers to quickly know if they are affected by this recall. If you own a Citroen C3 or DS3, and it was produced between 2009 and 2019, then go to this site: https://www.citroen.fr/maintain/Recall-campaigns.html.

Take the vehicle's registration document and enter the 17 alphanumeric characters of the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) which is opposite the letter E. In the case où If your city car is indeed affected by the recall, the manufacturer will contact you to schedule the repair at a dealership. The cost of changing the airbags is fully covered by the brand but the operation takes around 2 hours. Needless to say, dealers are somewhat overwhelmed these days.

If vehicle recalls are commonplace in the automotive industry, this one is particular in that it targets a manufacturing defect that has already cause&eac; around ten deaths worldwide. At the origin of the problem with Takata airbags, the degradation of the gas, propellant, which would degrade at high temperature. caused by heat and humidity. This can cause the airbags to deploy unexpectedly and explode, throwing metal parts at the driver. Moreover, the current recall mainly targets cars "residing" in half southern France, generally warmer. But how can you be sure if you live in the northern part of the country that the C3 or DS3 you're driving hasn't already been tested? had another life further south ? Voilaà which will not fail to worry many other customers of the brands concerned…

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116