National airbag recall: Is your vehicle on the list?

National airbag recall: Is your vehicle on the list?

The list of recalled vehicles, with driver’s-side airbag problems, has been expanded to the whole country, rather than only selected states with high humidity.

The recalled vehicles’ airbags have inflators that can burst and send metal fragments into the passenger side.

Previously, cars with the inflators were recalled only in areas along the Gulf Coast, because the high humidity causes the airbag propellant to burn faster. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is basing its decision on an incident that happened outside of the Gulf Coast.

“We now know that millions of vehicles must be recalled to address defective Takata air bags and our aggressive investigation is far from over,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said.

The safety agency investigated Ford after receiving a complaint on October 30 from the driver of a 2007 Mustang in North Carolina. The Mustang was going 35 mph when it rear-ended another vehicle, causing the airbag to deploy and a metal fragment to injure the driver’s leg.

The crash occurred outside of the previous recall boundaries. North Carolina doesn’t have as high levels of humidity as Florida and other Gulf states.

The NHTSA website has a list of the vehicles in question, as well as links to the manufacturers’ recall pages.

For more information or concerns, vehicle owners can call the NHTSA safety hotline at 888-327-4236.


Oregon placed third in energy efficiency

Oregon placed third in energy efficiency

Oregon was ranked the third most energy efficient state in the nation.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard this month.

Oregon tied for third with Vermont and Rhode Island. Massachusetts took first for the fourth year in a row, followed by California.

Oregon provides a variety of financial benefits for energy-efficient investments, and several research centers that focus on energy efficiency, according to The Statesman Journal.

“Oregon continues to improve its position as a leader in energy efficiency,” reads the ACEEE report. “The Energy Trust of Oregon, along with other efficiency administrators, consistently achieves high levels of energy savings for the state, and policy makers emphasize efficiency across a variety of areas.”

ACEEE is a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. that works to advance efficient energy policies, programs and technologies. This is the eighth year they have ranked states’ energy efficiency.