Drivers queue for Takata recall rentals

Nearly 34 million cars from 11 manufacturers are affected by the Takata recall

Allie Merrill is one of the millions affected by the Takata airbag recall, May 22, 2015 (KOIN)
Allie Merrill is one of the millions affected by the Takata airbag recall, May 22, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Allie Merrill didn’t realize what she was getting into when she went to get her Takata airbag-recalled Honda fixed.

She took her 2002 Honda Civic to the dealership and learned the wait for a fix would be anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months. They gave her a free rental car, but they were so busy that process took 2 hours.

“It took a long time to get the rental but everyone was so kind and I didn’t mind waiting because it was easy,” Merrill told KOIN 6 News.

Nearly 34 million cars from 11 manufacturers are affected by the Takata recall, so getting it fixed or getting a loaner depends on your car model. Owners should call around to different dealerships for exact details.

A few Nissan dealers told KOIN 6 News they were busier during the first wave of the recall, but are only doing about 2 cars per day now.

Toyota dealers said they were busier but provided no specifics.

Some Honda dealers are doing 10 to 12 cars per day.

Getting parts and high demand are national issues. Another factor are rental car companies. Some who spoke with KOIN 6 News are slammed with business, but are not running out of cars.

But Allie Merrill is just happy she has something safe to drive.

“I didn’t realize the risk we were at with driving, especially with a baby in the car,” she said. “That is kind of scary and so I’m really happy they are just taking care of us 100%.”

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