Product Recalls

How to handle the recall if your airbags really blow

Are you one of the 34 million Americans whose car is being recalled because of defective Takata airbags? If so, don't fret. Mrs. Funny Money and I have both had cars recalled several times and, in most cases, it's been a painless experience.

Mrs. Funny Money's Mariner was recalled for a steering problem that was fixed in a day with no fuss, for example. And when we were first dating, her Renault Alliance was recalled, but that was by the local dealer who cited "excessive embarrassment at ever being involved with this piece of useless French monkey spit."

And then there was my 1993 Chrysler, which was recalled several years later for a very, very defective brake...