Nearly 8 Million Air Bags Recalled



A new set of recalls will plague nearly 8 million drivers. Air bags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corp. are being recalled for safety defects. These air bags are installed on vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating six reports of air bag inflator ruptures, all of which occurred in Florida and Puerto Rico. More than 7.8 million vehicles are involved in these recalls, which have occurred as far back as 18 months ago and as recently as October 20. NHTSA warned that these recalls are urgent, especially for owners of vehicles affected by regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.

“Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata air bags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures. However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman.

The government agency stated that consumers can check the website of their vehicle’s manufacturer to see if they are impacted by this recall. It also advised that owners that have been contacted by their manufacturer should contact their dealer’s service department and make arrangements for the repair. In addition, consumers can sign up for NHTSA recall alerts, which go out before recall letters are mailed by the manufacturers to the affected owners. Go to www.safercar.gov for more information or to check a VIN against the recall list.

 

BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2000 - 2005 3 Series Sedan
  • 2000 - 2006 3 Series Coupe
  • 2000 - 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
  • 2000 - 2006 3 Series Convertible
  • 2001 - 2006 M3 Coupe
  • 2001 - 2006 M3 Convertible

 

Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2003 - 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005 - 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008 - Dodge Ram 5500
  • 2005 - 2008 Dodge Durango
  • 2005 - 2008 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005 - 2008 Chrysler 300
  • 2007 - 2008 Chrysler Aspen

 

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2004 - Ranger
  • 2005 - 2006 GT
  • 2005 - 2007 Mustang

 

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2003 - 2005 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2005 - Saab 9-2X

 

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2001 - 2007 Honda Accord)
  • 2001 - 2002 Honda Accord
  • 2001 - 2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002 - 2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003 - 2011 Honda Element
  • 2002 - 2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 - 2007 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 - Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003 - 2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002 - 2003 Acura TL/CL
  • 2005 - Acura RL

 

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2003 - 2007 Mazda6
  • 2006 - 2007 MazdaSpeed6
  • 2004 - 2008 Mazda RX-8
  • 2004 - 2005 MPV
  • 2004 - B-Series Truck

 

Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2004 - 2005 Lancer
  • 2006 - 2007 Raider

 

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2001 - 2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2001 - 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002 - 2004 Nissan Sentra
  • 2001 - 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
  • 2002 - 2003 Infiniti QX4
  • 2003 - 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

 

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2003 - 2005 Baja
  • 2003 - 2005 Legacy
  • 2003 - 2005 Outback
  • 2003 - 2005 Baja
  • 2004 - 2005 Impreza

 

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2002 - 2005 Lexus SC
  • 2002 - 2005 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003 - 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2002 - 2005 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003 - 2005 Toyota Tundra

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