The federal government in February 2019 announced that another 1.7 million vehicles are being recalled in the U.S. because of faulty airbags made by Takata of Japan. The move broadens what already was the largest recall in auto history for a defect that has to date been responsible for 23 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries.
Takata’s airbags have been shown to deploy explosively, injuring and even killing occupants by spraying metal shards throughout the passenger cabin. The company used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags. But that chemical has been shown to deteriorate over time due to high humidity and changes in temperatures.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are 37 million defective Takara airbags in U.S. vehicles.
The federal government has been phasing in the recalls. In September 2018, Honda and Acura recalled 1.4 million vehicles. Toyota and Lexus recalled 65,000 in December 2018. Previously, Ford agreed to pay $300 million to settle consumer loss claims connected to Takata recalls in its vehicles.
The 1.7 million vehicles that are part of the latest round of recalls include:
- Subaru – 826,144 vehicles, including Forester, Legacy and Outback models from 2010 – 2014.
- Mercedes – 288,779 vehicles from model year 2010 – 2017.
- BMW – 266,044 vehicles from 2000 – 2004, and from 2007 – 2015.
- Daimler Vans – 159,689 vehicles from 2015 – 2017.
- Volkswagen – 119,394 vehicles including Audi and Passat models from 2015 – 2017.
- Tesla – 68,763 Model S vehicles from 2014 – 2016.
- Ferrari – 11,176 vehicles from 2014 – 2018.
You can check to see if your vehicle has been recalled by going to www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and typing in the vehicle identification number, or VIN.
Airbags that are designed to protect drivers and passengers are often the very things that cause injuries. And it isn’t limited to the most recent issues surrounding defective Takata airbags.
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