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So what are you guys doing now that Takata has declared bankruptcy and the remedy parts for the driver side weren't planned until spring 2018?
Waiting it out to see if parts arrive?
Taking the expanded rental option?
Taking the $1500 trade in bonus?
Hoping for the best?
 

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So what are you guys doing now that Takata has declared bankruptcy and the remedy parts for the driver side weren't planned until spring 2018?
Waiting it out to see if parts arrive?
Taking the expanded rental option?
Taking the $1500 trade in bonus?
Hoping for the best?
Insurance Tips for Driving a Loaner Vehicle
by California Casualty | May 12, 2016 | Auto Insurance Info | 0 comments
If you’ve gotten a new recall notice about a dangerous airbag, you are not alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is warning that 51 million vehicles had some recall in 2015. That follows the record 60 million the year before.
Most of these recalls involve Takata equipped airbags. As of April 2016, ten deaths in the U.S. have been attributed to the defective airbag inflator that can send dangerous shards of metal at drivers and passengers. Of the 24 million U.S. vehicles recalled for the problem, only 7 million have had the inflators replaced. Many auto makers, including Honda, are redoubling their efforts to notify consumers about the recall, dating back to 2013.
Be prepared that when you take your car or truck in to fix the problem, it could take weeks or even months until the parts arrive. Many automotive dealers are offering temporary rentals or loaner vehicles until the work is complete. If you get that offer, here are some insurance issues you need to know.
Your personal auto insurance policy should transfer to that temporary vehicle, but with the same deductibles and limits contained in that policy. If you have an older car or truck without coverage for damage from a collision or hail, flood, etc. (comprehensive and collision), the temporary car you are using does not have that coverage either. Unless you add that it, you will be paying out of pocket to replace or fix the loaner if you cause a crash. You might also want to make sure you have uninsured/under-insured motorist coverage.
Most insurance companies don’t pay for “loss of use” for a rental vehicle. If you damage the car or are involved in an accident, you can be charged for the time it takes to repair and have it available for rent again. Rental companies will usually charge you the daily rate they lost while that car or truck is getting repaired, plus administrative fees. That’s why you want to negotiate with the dealer for loss of use coverage; otherwise, you may want to purchase it through the agency providing the vehicle.
You should not drive your recalled vehicle while you have a “loaner” vehicle. Doing so could void the need for that temporary vehicle, and crash with either vehicle may not be covered.
To speed up any claims and avoid miscommunication, contact your insurance company to let them know you are using a temporary vehicle and provide the year, make, model and vehicle identification number.
 

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Me? I came from a car with a bad air bag to a new car with a bad air bag. Although Ive known people to walk away in head on crashes with air bags I also know of people who die from a mosquito bite. An air bag is a controlled explosion designed to reduce the force between you and the car. You can sit too close to the steering wheel and die from the pressure as well as have objects on your dash impale or kill you or have your arms broken across your head if you steer hand over hand when it goes off. Its not pretty unless its an idea crash to begin with.

So, having said that and sitting away from the wheel I dont care. Im taking my chances. >:D
 

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I need to update and clarify my OP; I was able to find a dealership with a part and get the repair complete. While discussing the situation with the dealership, we realized the $1500 is the trade in allowance; it is not on top of the market value.
 

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I need to update and clarify my OP; I was able to find a dealership with a part and get the repair complete. While discussing the situation with the dealership, we realized the $1500 is the trade in allowance; it is not on top of the market value.
So with this recall, I checked the NHTSA website and it looks to be 3 recalls, what do I have to do? Just call a Nissan dealer and see if they can fix it? This is my first car and I'm not sure what to do about this. I don't have another car to drive if it needs to be kept by the dealer.
 

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So with this recall, I checked the NHTSA website and it looks to be 3 recalls, what do I have to do? Just call a Nissan dealer and see if they can fix it? This is my first car and I'm not sure what to do about this. I don't have another car to drive if it needs to be kept by the dealer.
You don't "have to" do anything. You can continue to drive the car. But, if you don't take it to a repair shop authorized by Nissan then you are accepting all the risk.
If you schedule an appointment with the dealership/shop for the passenger side air bags and/or the suspension corrosion, they have the responsibility to check for the recall on the driver-side air bag. Then, they have the responsibility to inform you of the options of an extended loaner car or the trade-in allowance.
This is outlined in the recall bulletins sent between Nissan and the dealerships. You can find it as an attachment to the recall notice in this NHTSA site.
If you accept the loaner car, you are not allowed to move the affected (recalled) car.
Good news is, the repair of the driver-side air bag took only 20 minutes to complete. Bad news is not many repair kits will be available before March or April.
Some advice, go into the dealerships with printed copies of the recall notices and bulletins to dealerships and show them your are informed and want all the service due you as an owner.
 

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You don't "have to" do anything. You can continue to drive the car. But, if you don't take it to a repair shop authorized by Nissan then you are accepting all the risk.
If you schedule an appointment with the dealership/shop for the passenger side air bags and/or the suspension corrosion, they have the responsibility to check for the recall on the driver-side air bag. Then, they have the responsibility to inform you of the options of an extended loaner car or the trade-in allowance.
This is outlined in the recall bulletins sent between Nissan and the dealerships. You can find it as an attachment to the recall notice in this NHTSA site.
If you accept the loaner car, you are not allowed to move the affected (recalled) car.
Good news is, the repair of the driver-side air bag took only 20 minutes to complete. Bad news is not many repair kits will be available before March or April.
Some advice, go into the dealerships with printed copies of the recall notices and bulletins to dealerships and show them your are informed and want all the service due you as an owner.
I called all the nearest Nissan dealers and non of them have the driver air bag inflation, one of them will allow me to get a loaner/rental until parts arrive though. So I guess I will go get the rental. But I can't use my car in the meantime and I don't have a garage.
 

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Im game.

You want $1500 for your 6 speed?!?!?! :grin

I live in Richmond, VA.

I need to update and clarify my OP; I was able to find a dealership with a part and get the repair complete. While discussing the situation with the dealership, we realized the $1500 is the trade in allowance; it is not on top of the market value.
 

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So what are you guys doing now that Takata has declared bankruptcy and the remedy parts for the driver side weren't planned until spring 2018?
Waiting it out to see if parts arrive?
Taking the expanded rental option?
Taking the $1500 trade in bonus?
Hoping for the best?
Hey Mike, I'm up in Seattle area and have contacted multiple dealers about this. All are giving me the same runaround that I won't be able to get my driver's side airbag replaced until Spring 2018. No specific month has been given yet. I got my recall notice back in Oct 2017 and immediately brought in to get taken care of.

They only had the passenger side airbag replacement at the time, and told me about the Spring 2018 estimate for driver's side. I was pretty upset about this as I'm sure many of you were too. To compound on my growing anger, the manager told me that I REALLY should not be driving this vehicle around. But no dealer in my area is willing to give a loaner vehicle for an unspecified amount of time. So it's royally f****d in my opinion.

I asked the manager if they'd simply disconnect the leads to the airbag. At least I could drive it around without fear of metal shrapnel being blasted into my face in the event of a fender bender or worse. He said they couldn't do that without having to remove other things and effectively brushed off the idea.

Then I went here and found super easy instructions for replacing the steering wheel. 5 minutes later the 2 wires on back of my airbag are disconnected and tucked out of the way, airbag is back in so nothing looks weird, and I'm waiting on a call back for a replacement. It's shitty I'm choosing to drive without an airbag but I mean of the 2 options, no airbag seems like the safer bet.

Is it a bad idea that I left the airbag in place? It has no wires running into it now so I figured it was safe, but in all honesty I don't know. Thanks for any help!
 

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I called all the nearest Nissan dealers and non of them have the driver air bag inflation, one of them will allow me to get a loaner/rental until parts arrive though. So I guess I will go get the rental. But I can't use my car in the meantime and I don't have a garage.
If you don't mind me asking, what region do you live in? All the nearby Nissan dealers are basically telling me to shove it when I ask about a loaner.:banghead:
 

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If you don't mind me asking, what region do you live in? All the nearby Nissan dealers are basically telling me to shove it when I ask about a loaner.:banghead:
Midwest. I just went there, told them about the recall. They didn't have the parts until Spring, gave me a loaner and I was out the door in 30 minutes with a rental. My car is sitting outside for now until I get the parts. Hopefully nothing expensive will break while being parked for extended periods of time in freezing weather.
 

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Hopefully nothing expensive will break while being parked for extended periods of time in freezing weather.
Well your battery will be dead. Either run the car about once a week for at least 10 minutes to get the engine warm in this weather and battery charged. Or run the car to have the battery fully charged, then disconnect it and take inside where the temperature is above freezing. You will do well to hook a trickle charger to it.
 

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Well your battery will be dead. Either run the car about once a week for at least 10 minutes to get the engine warm in this weather and battery charged. Or run the car to have the battery fully charged, then disconnect it and take inside where the temperature is above freezing. You will do well to hook a trickle charger to it.
By run do you mean just starting the engine? Because I signed a contract prohibiting me to operate my car until the recall parts are installed. Plus I'm assuming it will consume gas, spring is a long while and I can't drive it to the gas station.
 

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By run do you mean just starting the engine? Because I signed a contract prohibiting me to operate my car until the recall parts are installed. Plus I'm assuming it will consume gas, spring is a long while and I can't drive it to the gas station.
Yes, just starting the engine and let it run is sufficient for recharging the battery. It should not consume much gas if you start it once a week for a few minutes. In case you get low on gas just bring gas in a can. Also if you charge the battery, than disconnect it from the car, and store it home will help to keep it alive. In this case you will not to have to run the engine weekly.
 

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Yes, just starting the engine and let it run is sufficient for recharging the battery. It should not consume much gas if you start it once a week for a few minutes. In case you get low on gas just bring gas in a can. Also if you charge the battery, than disconnect it from the car, and store it home will help to keep it alive. In this case you will not to have to run the engine weekly.

I'm doing this with my motorcycle now because I'm only riding once a month average. Once a week I get the blood flowing and let it idle.

I received a second notice by mail. This one wasn't from Nissan. It details the class action lawsuit and gives some important dates and other info for those interested in filing a Claim. The website is: www.AutoAirbagSettlement.com
 

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Yes, just starting the engine and let it run is sufficient for recharging the battery. It should not consume much gas if you start it once a week for a few minutes. In case you get low on gas just bring gas in a can. Also if you charge the battery, than disconnect it from the car, and store it home will help to keep it alive. In this case you will not to have to run the engine weekly.
I've never taken a battery out of a car, I'm new to cars in general.


I'm doing this with my motorcycle now because I'm only riding once a month average. Once a week I get the blood flowing and let it idle.

I received a second notice by mail. This one wasn't from Nissan. It details the class action lawsuit and gives some important dates and other info for those interested in filing a Claim. The website is: www.AutoAirbagSettlement.com
Nice, is this legitimate?
 
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