Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible.

Even for some of the people who were able to get through, complete vehicle-identification number information related to the recall of a record 34 million cars wasn’t available, and won’t be for several days, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic on the website as of 4 p.m. Wednesday was 62 times a normal day, the agency said.

“We’re working with the automakers to provide that information as quickly as possible,” a NHTSA spokesman, Gordon Trowbridge, said in an e-mail. He urged people to be patient.

Supplier Takata Corp. agreed Tuesday to double the number of vehicles covered by a recall to fix potentially faulty airbags that can shoot shrapnel at drivers and front-seat passengers. It could ultimately become the largest industrywide automotive recall in U.S. history.

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Consumers Overwhelm NHTSA Website Searching For Defective Vehicles

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