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Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Andrew Santiago

Meet Andrew Santiago, a Puerto Rican comedian from Brooklyn, New York. We recently partnered with him to raise awareness about the deadly Takata airbag and how it affects Latino communities everywhere. According to the Takata Monitor, only 52% of affected vehicles in the Hispanic community have been repaired. We were excited to not only partner with him on this initiative, but also to pick his brain on what raising awareness means to him.


First off, can you tell us about who you are, where you’re from and what you do?

My name is Andrew Santiago. I’m a Puerto Rican comedian, actor, and writer from Brooklyn, New York. I’m currently a UCB Maude team actor on the house team “Moon Goon” and host of the upcoming Fuse Media digital series “Chew It Up.”


How does your desire to help others influence the videos you create?

Laughter is the best medicine, so I make videos to entertain and heal the soul, but also to inspire young Latinos who, like me, didn’t and don’t see themselves represented in media.


Why is raising awareness about the Takata airbag recall important to you?

The Takata airbag disproportionately affects Latinos, and raising awareness can save the lives of millions of people, especially the ones I know and love.


How would you tell your friends and family about the recall?

With a fun video that appeals to them and the things they already know and enjoy.


What are your favorite ways to raise awareness about issues that are important to you?

Finding the human element, finding the funny, and then combining that with that special glue - the heartwarming knowledge that we’re all living this life together, sharing the same planet, and have much more in common than we think.


What are some projects you’re currently working on at the moment?

I just did a commercial for the Census, another episode of “The Bright Side,” my series with mitú is releasing soon, and I’m the host of an upcoming digital series for Fuse Media. I’ll be in attendance at the Nosotros Gala and will be moderating two panels at Hispanicize this year.


Where else can we find you?

My website www.AndrewSantiago.com is a good place to start and @andrewsantiago1 is my handle across all social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.


Want to make a difference like Andrew? Sign up to be a Carma ambassador today.

You can help spread life-saving information, create your own video, earn rewards, and possibly even be featured in your own spotlight.

Takata Airbag Recall: A Complete List Of Affected Vehicles

List of affected Takata airbag vehicles by make:

Here is a list of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recalls. It’s important to remember that although year, make, and model is one way to check if a vehicle might have a recall, it’s not the most accurate way to determine if your vehicle is affected. The reason is that every vehicle has a unique repair history and can potentially be manufactured with different parts. The most accurate way to check your vehicle’s latest recall status is by using its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).

To see if your vehicle is affected by any other safety recalls, you can check your vehicle with our free look-up tool here.

Acura

  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2013-2016 Acura ILX
  • 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2007-2016 Acura RDX
  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2009-2014 Acura TSX
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX

Audi

  • 2006-2013 Audi A3
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant
  • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan
  • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • 2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant
  • 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan
  • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
  • 2017 Audi R8
  • 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant
  • 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan
  • 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan
  • 2016-2017 Audi TT

BMW

  • 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series
  • 2000-2013 BMW 3 Series
  • 2002-2003 BMW 5 Series
  • 2011-2015 BMW X1
  • 2007-2010 BMW X3
  • 2003-2013 BMW X5
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6
  • 2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid

Cadillac

  • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT

Chevrolet

  • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD
  • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado LD
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

Chrysler

  • 2005-2015 Chrysler 300
  • 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen
  • 2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire
  • Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet)
  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet
  • Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter)
  • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter
  • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Dodge/Ram

  • 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger
  • 2006-2015 Dodge Charger
  • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
  • 2004-2009 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
  • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Pickup
  • 2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup
  • 2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
  • 2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis

Ferrari

  • 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
  • 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
  • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
  • 2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
  • 2009-2014 Ferrari California
  • 2015-2017 Ferrari California T
  • 2013-2017 Ferrari F12
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
  • 2016 Ferrari F60
  • 2012-2016 Ferrari FF
  • 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Fisker

  • 2012 Fisker Karma

Ford

  • 2007-2010 Ford Edge
  • 2006-2012 Ford Fusion
  • 2005-2006 Ford GT
  • 2005-2014 Ford Mustang
  • 2004-2011 Ford Ranger

GMC

  • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra HD
  • 2007-2013 GMC Sierra LD
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL

Honda

  • 2001-2012 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic NGV
  • 2010-2015 Honda Crosstour
  • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2013 Honda Fit
  • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
  • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2015 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

Infiniti

  • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX
  • 2001 Infiniti I30
  • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35
  • 2006-2010 Infiniti M
  • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4

Jaguar

  • 2009-2015 Jaguar XF

Jeep

  • 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler

Land Rover

  • 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover

Lexus

  • 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
  • 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
  • 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
  • 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
  • 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
  • 2012 Lexus LFA
  • 2002-2010 Lexus SC430

Lincoln

  • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
  • 2006-2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ

Mazda

  • 2004-2009 Mazda B-Series
  • 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7
  • 2007-2015 Mazda CX-9
  • 2003-2011 Mazda6
  • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
  • 2004-2006 Mazda MPV
  • 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8

McLaren

  • 2016-2017 McLaren 570
  • 2015-2016 McLaren 650S
  • 2016 McLaren 675LT
  • 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
  • 2011-2015 McLaren P1

Mercedes-Benz

  • 2005-2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2011-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
  • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • 2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • 2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
  • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
  • 2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • 2011-2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class

Mercury

  • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan

Mitsubishi

  • 2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • 2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer
  • 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  • 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
  • 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider

Nissan

  • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
  • 2007-2012 Nissan Versa

Pontiac

  • 2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe

Saab

  • 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x
  • 2006-2011 Saab 9-3
  • 2006-2009 Saab 9-5

Saturn

  • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra

Scion

  • 2008-2015 Scion XB

Subaru

  • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
  • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
  • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza (Including WRX/STI)
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
  • 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
  • 2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI

Tesla

  • 2012-2016 Tesla Model S

Toyota

  • 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
  • 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix
  • 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
  • 2002-2006 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
  • 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
  • 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris (Hatch Back)
  • 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris (Sedan)

Volkswagen

  • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2013 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI
  • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon


Carma Goes Local
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Last week, Carma hosted an event with Sofar Sounds, a global organization that brings communities and artists together through a series of secret pop-up shows. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet our neighbors and also shed light on automotive safety, which oftentimes can get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

     Public awareness is critical to keeping our communities safe, so we wanted to use our platform and our space to not only support our community, but also educate them about the dangers of the deadly Takata airbag and how they could check to see if their vehicles were affected. Like us, you too can spread the word, connect with your neighbors, and make a difference in your own community. Post, share, and invite your friends to become Carma Ambassadors. Together we can raise awareness and save lives.

Special thanks to:

BryteLife

Sofar Sounds

Kristina Marina

Vida Moxy

Soul Flow

The Most Accurate Way to Check Your Vehicle’s Recall Status

A common question we receive is, “Why don’t you just list year, make, and model?” Although year, make, and model is one way to check if a vehicle might have a recall, it’s not the most accurate way to determine if your vehicle is affected. The reason is that every vehicle has a unique repair history and can potentially be manufactured with different parts. The most accurate way to check your vehicle’s latest recall status is by using its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).

Another common misconception is that you don’t have to check your vehicle’s recall status because your manufacturer would have notified you if your vehicle had a recall. While manufacturers do make an effort to send recall notices, the notices don’t always make it to the correct owner. For example, vehicle owners might buy used cars, change addresses, or there might be a delay in updating vehicle records at the DMV.

As part of our ongoing commitment to be more transparent, we’ve launched a video series to clarify these points and more. Check it out below:

6 Essential Safety Tips for Back to School
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Summer is slowly puttering to an end and a new school year is just around the corner. But preparing for back to school doesn’t just come in the form of shopping for school supplies,  it also means being proactive about your children’s safety.

To make things easier for you, we compiled six essential safety tips to help you keep your children safe this back to school season. Let’s break it down...

  1. Pedestrians first. Go over pedestrian safety with your child. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, pedestrian-related accidents are considered the fifth-highest cause of injury-related fatalities for children between the ages of 5 and 19.
  2. Don’t break their back. Make sure your child owns a backpack sturdy enough to carry heavy textbooks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 14,000 children seek treatment for backpack-related injuries every year. A general rule is that your child’s backpack should be no more than 10-20% of their body weight to avoid potential pain or injury.
  3. Heads up. If your child is a bike-rider, make sure they have an approved helmet to wear and that they know how to use hand signals.
  4. Put a label on it. If your child has any food allergies, print out a food allergy action plan (like this one from The Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network) for them to bring to school. This will help the school’s teachers, nurses, and administrators decipher food labels accordingly so they can make safe food decisions for your child.
  5. Wake up call. Start transitioning into a school sleep routine by establishing bedtimes for the school year. Your child should start following these at least one week before school starts. According to the U.S Department of Education, children should be getting 8 1/2 - 9 1/2 hours of sleep each night.
  6. Stranger Danger. Have a Family Safety Code Word that only family members and close friends know and remind your children to steer clear of strangers unless that person knows the code word. If your children walk to or from school, remind them to avoid taking shortcuts and accepting rides without your permission. Safety is better in numbers, so make sure to set up a buddy system for your children as well.

Ambassador Spotlight: The Garcia Family
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This month’s Ambassador Spotlight highlights the Garcia family who helped us raise awareness about the dangerous Takata airbag recall in the Hispanic community.

Angie and her family have a popular Youtube channel where they share their weekly adventures and show what it is like growing up in a Mexican household. Angie and her husband Jose took the time to educate their followers about the recall in one of their videos and they received a great response.


Here are some of the comments that their video received:

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Oh my! I have received a notice twice about my car but have not scheduled an appointment because there are so many fraudulent companies and people but I will check it now.

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Yes, we received a letter that tells us that our car has faulty airbags so we will take it in for a repair.

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Thank you Angie and Jose for explaining this recall that affects our cars. I used the link and checked the status of my vehicle and luckily it is not on the list of recalled vehicles. Thank you so much for the information. God bless.

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Hi beautiful family, thanks for the tip about the airbags and for caring about your followers. God bless.

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Hi Angie, thank you for the information. It is indeed very important for us because I live in Arizona and it’s very hot here. I will check my airbags now. Thank you and send my warmest regards to your beautiful family.

There’s a good chance that these people would not have been aware of the dangerous recall or scheduled a repair if it were not for this family that cares deeply about the safety of their community.

In their video, they also share the staggering statistic that over 1.8 million vehicles are affected by the Takata airbag recall in California. That figure keeps increasing as well as the probability that someone you know is affected by the deadly recall.

Remember, this recall affects both driver and passenger airbags, so if checking for yourself is not the priority then check for your kids, your dog, or anyone else who might ride in your passenger seat.

You can check your vehicle (from any manufacturer) using our lookup tool here. And as always, if you find an eligible Toyota with a recalled Takata airbag, you can earn up to $55 once the vehicle gets fixed.

Are you interested in being featured as part of our Ambassador Spotlight series? Send us an email at hello@carmaproject.com to share your story with us!

Ambassador Spotlight: The Latorre Family

A little known fact is that the Takata airbag recall disproportionately affects Spanish speaking communities throughout the US and US territories. According to the Takata Monitor, zip codes where a majority of residents are of Hispanic descent are more likely to have unrepaired faulty Takata airbag than regions with lower concentrations of residents of Hispanic descent. As a part of our efforts to reach out to the Hispanic community, we recently collaborated with Carma Ambassadors...the Latorre Family.

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The Latorre Family have a popular Youtube channel where they typically share their family adventures through a series of weekly vlogs. This was the perfect opportunity to work with them to create a short video to help raise awareness about the Takata airbag recall with their fans and subscribers.


This was incredibly important because a large part of their audience can be found in hot and humid climates such as Florida and Puerto Rico. These environments are at GREATER risk for death or injury, from a recalled airbag, because this type of climate can accelerate the deterioration of defective airbag inflators.

In Puerto Rico alone there are at least 100,000 unrepaired Takata vehicles. In Florida, at least 300,000.

So far, the response has been great. The Latorre Family have helped over 1,500 people check the recall status of their vehicle!

The Latorre Family also helped us spread the word about our Carma site being available in Spanish; so if you know anyone who would prefer to participate in our program in Spanish, please let them know!

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So if you haven’t checked your vehicle for an active recall, now is the perfect time to do so.

As the Latorre Family says, “This recall is very real and affects people that you and I know, so please don’t forget to check your vehicle.”

Are you interested in being featured as part of our Ambassador Spotlight series? Send us an email at hello@carmaproject.com to share your story with us!


Summer Driving Tips for You and Your Family

It is finally summer and we know that lots of our ambassadors are preparing to embark on extended road trips and spend more time with their families. Here’s some important information about summer driving trends, including safety precautions that you can take to make sure that you stay safe and have a fun summer.

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The AAA Foundation’s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index reports that: drinking, driving, speeding, and distraction are among top killers of teen drivers. The report also states that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the worst time of year for crashes and fatalities (statistics based on 2016 NHTSA FARS data). This time period has officially become known as the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers, which makes sense, since there are more road trips, parties, and first time drivers on the road. It’s crucial to talk to your teens about safe driving and ensure that they are being as careful as possible. It’s also important that parents set a good example for their families and practice safe driving tactics.

Here at Carma, we care about everyone’s safety, and we encourage you to check, not just your teen’s, but your vehicle as well, for any dangerous recalls. According to Carfax , there are more than 57 million recalled vehicles still on the road. That roughly translates to 1 out of every 5 vehicles in the US across ALL manufacturers.

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Of the 57 million vehicles with an open recall, 41 million are affected by the deadly Takata airbag recall, which puts people living in hotter and more humid climates at a greater risk. These climates break down the materials used in airbag inflators at a quicker rate, which means that even the smallest of fender benders can activate Takata airbags that explode and launch metal fragments towards the driver and/or passenger.

So before you take off to Disneyland or Yosemite, make sure to check that your vehicle is safe to drive. We also encourage you to use this time to talk to your children about road safety.

You can look up any vehicle from any brand on Carma. It takes less than a minute to check and ensure that you and your loved ones are safe. If it turns out that you have a recall, we will provide you with the information you need to repair your vehicle as soon as possible and at no cost.

Ambassador Spotlight: Linda and David
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In the short time since launch, we’ve seen Carma Ambassadors that have gone above and beyond expectations. We’re happy to kick off our ‘Ambassador Spotlight’ series to acknowledge some of these outstanding individuals. Each month we’ll introduce Ambassadors from our community and share their personal stories about doing some good.

Our first story is about Linda S. who cares deeply about saving lives and has even written a letter to her state senator. Here’s an excerpt from her letter:

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I’m reaching out because these airbags can cause wrecks and kill innocent people if the airbags are not replaced. We need tougher legislation to where as citizens, we can identify the vehicles that have not been repaired by dealerships. Then a company like [Carma Project] can contact current owners via Tag information, if given permission by all the states. [This would especially benefit people] who are more than likely unaware of the danger that [they are in] if they purchased a car from someone who did not fix the airbags

When we asked Linda what drove her to write a letter to her senator she let us know that her goal was to save at least one life and that if she could help a million more people, that would be another million lives that can be potentially saved from deadly, preventable accidents.

And just like her, we believe that giving up is not an option!

Our second Ambassador story is about David S. who believes that safety is a priority and has worked extensively in the automotive manufacturing industry. Here’s how he responded when we asked him why he decided to join us as an Ambassador:

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I worked as both an industrial maintenance tech and as an offsite inspection coordinator for a major quality assurance company for the big three. I’m not sure who still uses Takata airbags but I do remember it being a scary safety issue.

We are all fortunate to have Ambassadors like Linda and David as part of our community. It is individuals like them that motivate us to work hard and keep people safe on the road.

You can check your vehicle (from any manufacturer) using our lookup tool here. And as always, if you find an eligible Toyota with a recalled Takata airbag, you can earn up to $55 once the vehicle gets fixed.

Are you interested in being featured as part of our Ambassador Spotlight Series? Send us an email at hello@carmaproject.com to share your story!

3 Tips for Rideshare Safety. Uber and Lyft Riders Take Note!

A recent Consumer Reports study found that 1 in 6 rideshare vehicles has an active safety recall. This means that you are potentially putting yourself and your friends at risk each time you get in an Uber or Lyft. Luckily there are things you can do to make sure you’re safe.

Uber and Lyft: The Potential Danger

Uber and Lyft drivers are currently not required to prove that their vehicle is recall-free before joining either platform. They may need to own a car from the past decade, but this could be loosely enforced.

Over 41 million vehicles in the US have recalled Takata airbags, so it’s very possible that when you get into an Uber or Lyft, you could be riding in one of them. Many of these recalls affect the front passenger airbag, so if you’re taking a Lyft Line or Uber Pool, or splitting a car among 4 friends, the person who sits in the front is at greater risk.

Rideshare Safely

Here are 3 easy things you can do to make sure you’re safe before getting into your next Uber or Lyft.

1. Check the car for a recall before it gets to your location. When you call a car, you get that driver’s license plate number. All you need to do is enter that number and the state (which will probably be the one you are currently in) and you can search using Carma’s free vehicle lookup tool. You can even bookmark your own unique share link so that if you find a recalled, Takata airbag you can get credit for it.

You’ll be able to see if your vehicle has a recall, and exactly which recall it has. If you find that the vehicle has a recall, tell the driver when they arrive. If it’s a dangerous recall, inform the driver, and cancel your ride! Your safety is the most important thing.

2. Verify that the vehicle that arrives matches the license plate and model you see in your app. Never get into a car if the information is different. And if you haven’t already checked for recalls, you can also snap a photo of the driver’s license plate and use that to check their vehicle as soon as it arrives.

Again, if you find a recall, tell the driver about it. If they drive an eligible Takata vehicle and get it fixed, you could even get $55, just for searching and letting them know.

3. Verify the driver’s name, and make sure they say yours. Confirm that your driver is the person who is registered with Uber and Lyft, so you can make sure you are in the right car with the right driver.

Lastly, if you or anyone you know drives for a rideshare company, encourage them to check their vehicles. This way, you can help make sure that they, and anyone who gets in their car will be safe.

National Safety Month Giveaway

One lucky Carma Ambassador will win a $75 Target gift card. Enter for a chance to win by helping us raise awareness for National Safety Month by completing the following:

  1. Sign up or be an existing Carma Project Ambassador
  2. Press “Going” on our National Safety Month Facebook event page
  3. Tag your friends in the comment section of our pinned post on Carma’s Facebook  page with “Check your vehicle’s recall status for National Safety Month!”

This contest will run from 06/10/19 12:00 PM PST to 06/23/19 11:59 PM PST.

Winner will be notified via email on 06/24/19 at 12:00 PM PST.*

*To enter this contest, you must be signed up as an Ambassador at https://community.carmaproject.com, be 18 years or older, and live in the United States. This contest is void where prohibited by law. The name on your Carma Project ambassador profile should match the name on your Facebook profile in order for your entry to be accepted. The contest prize will be delivered via email. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram, and/or Facebook.*

Carma Project and National Safety Month
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June is National Safety Month, a time when the National Safety Council encourages thousands of organizations to raise awareness and help reduce the leading causes of injury and death from work places, to the roads, to homes and communities. The National Safety Council has been the nation’s leading safety advocate for over 100 years, working with businesses, the government, and the public to help lower the death rate from preventable injuries.

At Carma, our main goal is to keep you and your loved ones safe, by helping you become aware of any dangerous problems with your vehicle. National Safety Month is the perfect time to get involved and start spreading the word about potentially deadly recalls across all auto manufacturers.

Tell your friends and family to check their cars, trucks, or SUVs using Carma’s free vehicle safety search.

  • There are currently 53 Million vehicles on the road with open safety recalls, which means
  • 1 in 5 vehicles in the US is affected across ALL manufacturers, of those
  • Over 41 Million vehicles have potentially deadly, recalled Takata airbags in them.

You can look up any vehicle from any brand on Carma. It only takes a few seconds to help protect your loved ones. Please spread the word, join the movement, and take a stance against needless injury and death.

CHECK YOUR VEHICLE NOW

Every Vehicle, Every Recall: Now on Carma
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We’re excited to announce that recall results for 30 different car manufacturers are now available on Carma! Over 60,000 vehicles have been searched on Carma across all manufacturers, and the most common request we’ve heard from our community was to display recall info for all of them–not just Toyota/Lexus/Scion. With this update everyone can now easily search any vehicle using Carma’s free recall lookup tool and see their results instantly.

Search a car, any car

While the focus of our program is to find Toyota vehicles with Takata airbags, we know that just about every manufacturer has active recalls on their vehicles. At Carma we believe that safety comes first, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to check for any active recalls that your vehicle may have.

So look up your Honda, your mom’s Mazda, your neighbor’s Nissan, or any other car, truck, or SUV. Tell your friends and family to look up their own vehicles, and if you’re a Carma Ambassador, then share your link with them. We’ll let everyone know immediately if they have a deadly Takata airbag and provide the manufacturer’s phone number and recall website, so they can schedule a repair ASAP.

Check now using Carma’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Earn up to $55 when an eligible Toyota gets fixed

And as always, if you find an eligible Toyota with a Takata airbag recall, you can earn up to $55 once that vehicle gets fixed, so keep searching!

Takata Alpha Airbags: Do You Have One?
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At this point you’ve, hopefully, already heard about the Takata airbag recall, checked your own vehicle and told your family and friends to check theirs. Did you know there are Takata airbags called “Alphas” that pose the highest risk? They can be found in certain vehicles and have up to a 50% chance of exploding on impact, sending sharp, metal fragments into your vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges drivers to get these vehicles repaired immediately, and not to drive them otherwise. Of the 16 people who died in the US from Takata airbags, over half were driving vehicles with Alphas. Here’s the list of affected vehicles:

Takata Alpha Vehicles:

  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2002 Honda CR-V
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2003 Honda Pilot
  • Certain 2006 Ford Ranger (Ford advises do not drive)
  • Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda advises do not drive)

We identified quite a few Alphas among the vehicles searched on Carma--all of these drivers had an extremely high risk of injury or death every time they got in their vehicle.

If you drive one of the vehicles listed above, search Carma’s vehicle lookup, and we’ll help you find out if you have a Takata airbag recall. If you do, call your dealer and get it fixed immediately. The repair is free and quick, and parts are available now.

Deadly Takata Airbag Exclusive Data for Popular Auto Brands
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Over 30,000 vehicles have been searched on Carma, and drivers are finding deadly Takata airbags in cars, SUVs, and trucks from many different manufacturers. For now, we’re collaborating with Toyota to provide rewards for people who encourage their friends to find Takatas in eligible vehicles.

Carma visitors are still checking thousands of vehicles from other automakers, and we’re actively having conversations with some of these manufacturers. We hope to expand our rewards offerings to include even more eligible vehicles soon.

Takata Airbag Recall Data

We looked up how many of these non-Toyota searches resulted in Takata recalls, and here’s what we found:

  • 8% of all vehicles searched had a Takata airbag recall.
  • Mercedes-Benz and Subaru had the highest proportion of recalled vehicles for Takata airbags searched on Carma with 19% and 20% respectively.
  • BMW also made double digits at 15%.
  • Ford and Honda, who recently recalled millions of additional vehicles, had recalled Takatas in 9% of all searched vehicles. Chrysler was close behind with 8%.

Get Your Vehicle Fixed

Remember, no matter what brand of vehicle you own, it’s FREE to get your recalled Takata airbag fixed. Make it easy on yourself--ask about additional free services such as pickup/delivery or towing. You may even be able to get a loaner vehicle. The fix for replacing a Takata airbag does not take very long, and getting yours fixed could save the life of someone you love.

Check your vehicle on Carma and you’ll get a $5 reward, no matter what brand you search. And while this small reward is nice, the most important thing is that you’re helping keep your friends and family safe.

Carma Project - How does the program work?

Special thanks to the Janitor (hellojanitor.com) team for this lovely infographic that details just how exactly you can get paid for doing good. Click here to see the full-size version.

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How to Find Out If Your Car Has Been Recalled

Every year, automotive companies recall millions of vehicles. While car companies do their best to inform drivers, you may still miss their notices. Maybe you bought a used car, or changed your address and the manufacturer didn’t have your info on file. Or perhaps you heard about a recall a long time ago, but it got pushed so far down your priority list that you forgot to take care of it.

No matter the reason, it’s important to check and make sure that the vehicle that you use every day is safe for you and your family. Luckily, nowadays it’s very easy to look for recalls on your car or truck. Here are a few ways you can do so:

Directly contact your auto dealer

Go to your car dealer’s website and figure out who to call or email to find out about recalls. Some car manufacturer websites may also have pages dedicated to recall info, but you may have to do some digging.

Check NHTSA.gov/recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website has info on all the latest recalls, along with a VIN search, where you can look up your car.

Visit carmaproject.com and earn rewards

Using Carma Project’s owner lookup page, you can enter your license plate or VIN, or upload a photo of your license plate to look up your car. If you’re using a mobile device, you can also take a picture of your license plate, making the lookup even easier.

Looking up vehicles using Carma will also bank you a $5 reward. And, if you get your friends and family to check their cars, you could even earn up to $55 in rewards for each eligible vehicle they get fixed.

The Takata airbag recall alone has already claimed 16 lives in the US, and there are many other recalls out there putting you and your family at risk every time you get in the car. It only takes a couple of minutes to make sure your loved ones are safe. Check your car, truck, or SUV today and be 100% sure.


Carma Project: We’ve Launched

Fellow Ambassadors,

Nearly a month after soft launching with friends and family, we’re happy to announce that Carma Project is officially open for all! Our endless nights were fueled by Brytelife, and cold-brew coffee all in an effort to squash bugs (well over 200 fixed and counting) and prepare our platform for launch. My sincere gratitude to all of those who have worked so hard to get us here. With their help, today, we open the doors to our community and share our mission with the world.

Below you’ll find our press release and some talking points about Carma-- I encourage you to share what we’re doing with your own friends and family so that we can continue to grow our community and to raise awareness about the deadly Takata airbag recall.

Not an Ambassador, but ready to save lives and earn rewards? Join Carma Project today, and get paid to do good.

What is Carma Project?

Carma Project is a community effort focused on raising awareness about the deadly Takata airbag recall. This recall continues to impact vehicles built by 19 different automakers, with a projected 70 million airbags expected to be recalled by the end of 2019. Fifteen people have died in the U.S., with hundreds allegedly injured, and millions more at risk.

How does Carma Project work?

Anyone can sign up today to become an official Carma Ambassador and start saving lives. Ambassadors can earn financial rewards (CarmaCoin) by sharing messages about the Takata airbag recall with their friends and family via social media, email, and text. These messages encourage friends and family to check the recall status of their vehicle on CarmaProject.com. Ambassadors can then earn up to $55 in rewards for every eligible Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicle that they refer and help to get fixed.

Does it pay to be safe?

Yes, it really does. For a limited time, Carma is offering $5 promo cards for everyone who looks-up their own VIN or license plate using Carma’s recall lookup tool at: https://community.carmaproject.com/owner-lookup Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall can even schedule a fix via the lookup tool on Carma Project.

We’ve been waiting for you

Hi, I’m Paul.

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you just joined us and are wondering what’s to come. Well, to be honest, so are we. This community is about you and me, and the story that we’ll be writing together about how we joined forces to help make the world a safer place for our loved ones — our friends, family, and all the people we care about.

As of tonight, I’m Chief Ambassador to a community that’s just been hatched.

And from this point on, that means I’ll be your constant companion on this remarkable adventure that we’re embarking on together.

Now let’s get out there and spread good carma.

Back to School Giveaway

For our Back to School Giveaway this year, Carma will be awarding a one-year subscription to the Headspace app. To enter to win you must complete the following:

  1. Sign up or be an existing Carma Project ambassador
  2. Tag your friends in the comments section of Carma’s Back to School Facebook post here

Contest closes on October 1st at 12:00 PM PST. Winner will be emailed on October 2nd.
*To enter this contest, you must be signed up as an Ambassador at https://www.carmaproject.com, be 18 years or older, and live in the United States. This contest is void where prohibited by law. The name on your Carma Project ambassador profile must match the name on your Facebook profile in order for your entry to be accepted. The contest prize will be delivered via email. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Headspace, Instagram, and/or Facebook.*