In early 2019, another 1.5 vehicles by over a half-dozen automakers (see the list below) were added to the list of cars recalled because of defective Takata airbags. Automakers have added more than 1.7 million vehicles in the U.S. to the list of vehicles that should have their Takata airbag inflators replaced. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automakers are scheduling or spacing out the replacement of defective Takata airbag inflators based on the risk to drivers and passengers.
According to the NHTSA, the Takata recall is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, affecting 50 million airbag inflators in 37 million vehicles from 19 auto manufacturers. The NHTSA reports that, at least, 15 drivers and passengers in the U.S. have died and more than 250 people have been injured because of defective devices related to the inflation of the airbag.
The defective driver- and passenger-side front airbag inflators are supposed to safely use ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag when a vehicle crashes. However, the ammonium nitrate used by the Takata airbag inflators has the potential to become unstable over time, which may cause the inflators to unexpectedly explode with significant force.
According to NHTSA data, a defective airbag that ruptures may disperse sharp metal fragments directly at the driver and passengers. Thus, in the event of a crash, the Takata airbags increase, rather than decrease, the risk of serious injury or death.
The January recall includes vehicles from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Tesla, VW, and others. This recall follows the recent announcements from FCA (owner of Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram), Ford, Honda, Mazda, and Toyota that covered more than 3.5 million cars, trucks, and SUVs. The last wave of recalls is expected to be announced in early 2020.
As the supply of replacement inflators increases, automakers are attempting to provide replacement inflators to vehicle owners in the highest-risk regions of the U.S. first, and then to the rest of the country. Below are the latest vehicles now subject to the Takata airbag recall:
6,523 Audi vehicles
– 2017 Audi R8
– 2016-2017 Audi TT
266,044 BMW vehicles
– 2015 BMW X1
– 2007-2014 BMW X5 and X6
– 2000-2003 BMW 5-Series and some X5 models with an optional sport steering wheel
288,779 Mercedes-Benz vehicles
– 2010-2015 C250, C300, C300 4Matic, C350, and C63 AMG models. The recall covers sedans, coupes, and convertibles
– 2010-2017 E350, E350 4Matic, E400, E400 4Matic, and E550 models. The recall covers sedans, coupes, and convertibles
– 2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK250, GLK350, and GLK350 4Matic
– 2011-2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
826,144 Subaru vehicles
– 2010-2013 Subaru Forester
– 2010-2011 Subaru Impreza. The recall covers sedans and hatchbacks
– 2010-2014 Subaru Legacy
– 2010-2014 Subaru Outback
– 2010-2014 Subaru Tribeca
– 2010-2014 Subaru WRX
68,637 Tesla vehicles
– 2014-2014 Tesla Model S
112,871 Volkswagen vehicles
– 2015-2016 VW Eos
– 2015-2017 VW CC
– 2015 VW Passat
Over 11,000 Ferrari models are also part of the latest round of Takata airbag recalls.
Customers may have the airbag inflators replaced at no charge. This policy applies to all automakers, who will provide notification to vehicle owners when dealers have the necessary parts to replace the defective inflators, most by the middle of 2019.
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