Earlier this month, Fitzgerald Toyota in Gaithersburg hosted state and federal officials, along with Toyota executives, to promote awareness of the automaker’s airbag recall. They wanted to encourage area drivers to make sure that their cars, no matter who manufactured them, are truly safe.
Maryland MVA Administrator Christine Nizer said her state is the only one so far to receive National Highway Transportation Safety Administration grant funding to tell residents of outstanding safety recalls on their cars, and that any recalls can be fixed for free.
Nizer praised Jack Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald AutoMalls for his long standing leadership in seeing through repairs for consumers on recalled vehicles in Maryland. The dealership chain is currently incentivizing drivers with recalled cars to get them repaired by including a free oil change, car cleaning or alignment with their service appointment.
Fitzgerald AutoMalls is the first dealer organization of its kind to do an airbag awareness campaign of this magnitude. The dealership has repaired more than 2,500 vehicles with Takata airbags, said Tom Stricker, Toyota vice president of product regulatory affairs. But there are still 40,000 cars in this region that need new airbags.
Toyota also used the presentation to highlight the Airbag Recall app, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play, which covers vehicles from almost every manufacturer. Users can scan their vehicle’s license plate and find out if their car is under recall and, if so, where to find a nearby dealership to schedule a repair.Download Bulletin PDF