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Millions More Cars Added to Deadly Air Bag Recall. Is Yours One of Them?

Published May 29, 2015

Airbags are meant to save lives. Instead those recalled explode with enough force to send shrapnel spewing throughout the car, already killing 6 and injuring 100.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata of Japan agreed to increase the number airbags recalled to 33.8 million. This pushes the total to make it the largest recall in U.S. auto industry history.

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Shrapnel ejected at high speed from a within a Takata air bag

And it’s probably not over yet. At this point 11 automakers have vehicles included in the recall. Takata supplies airbags to General Motors, Daimler Trucks, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. Other car maker make include additional model in the future.

To determine if your vehicle is part of the recall, enter the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the NHTSA website (safercar.gov). Rather than hunting around on your car, most likely your VIN is listed on your vehicle registration and/or insurance. It’s best to keep checking because, as mentioned, additional vehicles are expected to be added to the recall.

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This diagram shows normal airbag operation. The inflators on the defective Takata units can explode, rather than just filing the bag with nitrogen, causing the metal surrounding the inflator to be fragmented and fired into the passenger compartment.

These models and numbers were announced on May 28 by the auto manufacturers alonside U.S. and Canadian safety regulators. The recalled vehicles include driver and passenger airbags. there may be overlap with a previous recall:

Honda Motor Co.: Adds 350,000 vehicles in U.S. including 2005 Civics and 2006-2007 Accords. No vehicles added in Canada, where 705,000 were recalled previously. Vehicles now covered include 2001-2007 Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2002-2006 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2003 Acura CL, 2005 Acura RL.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.: Adds about 2 million vehicles globally including U.S. Expansion brings total affected to 5.2 million globally. Models include 2003 Ram 1500/2500/3500, 2005-2009 Ram 2500 Pickup, 2004-2008 Ram 1500 Pickup, 2006-2009 Ram 3500 Pickup, 2007-2009 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis, 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis, 2008-2009 Sterling 4500/5500 Cab Chassis, 2004-2008 Dodge Durango, 2007-2008 Chrysler Aspen, 2005-2010 Chrysler 300/300C/SRT8, 2005-2010 Dodge Charger/Magnum, 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota, 2006-2010 Mitsubishi Raider.

BMW AG: Adds about 280,000 vehicles in U.S. including 2002-2005 325i/325xi/330i/330xi, 2002-2005 325xi/325i Sports Wagon, 2002-2006 330Ci/325Ci/M3 Convertible, 2002-2006 325i/330i/M3 Coupe, 2002-2003 M5/540i/525i/530i, 2002-2003 540i/525i Sports Wagon, 2003-2004 X5 3.0i/4.4i Sports Activity Vehicle. U.S. total in recall is nearly 421,000.

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Supercars not exempt: Even the Ford GT is included in the recall

Ford Motor Co.: Adds nearly 967,000 vehicles to the recall, mainly in the U.S. and Canada, bringing total to just over 1.5 million. Models include 2005-2014 Mustang, 2005-2006 Ford GT, 2004-2006 Ford Rangers.

Mitsubishi Motors North America: Expands passenger air bag recall from Gulf Coast to nationwide. Total is just under 83,000 vehicles. Models include recall to include 2004-2006 Lancer/Lancer Evolution and 2004 Lancer Sportback.

 

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