WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) -- The website U.S. safety regulators are urging 4.7 million people to check to see if their cars have defective airbags couldn’t be fully accessed today.
The search function on safercar.gov was experiencing “intermittent network issues” as of 2:05 p.m. in Washington and some functions were taken down, according to to the website run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The U.S. issued an urgent public warning Monday that cars with components made by Takata Corp. exposed to high humidity may deploy air bags with so much force a metal part could rupture and strike occupants. Toyota Motor Corp. went so far as to advise the owners of more than 875,000 vehicles to keep passengers out of the front seats until repairs are made.
The NHTSA website is supposed to let consumers use a tool to look up their vehicle identification numbers to find recalls or file new complaints. NHTSA spokeswoman Karen Aldana didn’t immediately answer an e-mail seeking comment on the website outage.
In addition to the Toyotas, some Honda Motor Co., BMW AG, Nissan Motor Co., General Motors and Mazda Motor Corp. vehicles are also affected by the safety warning.