BMW Recalls Over 300,000 Vehicles Due to Faulty Airbag Inflators

Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 17, 2020 – BMW of North America is recalling certain 2000-2013 X1, X3, X5, X6, SUVs, and 1 Series and 3 Series vehicles. Certain affected vehicles could be installed with faulty airbags that explode un-announced, sending dangerous objects and metal at car passengers. 

The estimated total of affected vehicles is 357,000.

The Defect:

Affected vehicles may be installed with fault airbag inflators that, under the pressure of high heat and humidity, could explode sending dangerous metal fragments and objects towards the driver and other vehicle occupants.

 In accordance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, BMW has released certain years and models that have specific airbag inflator recalls; these include the driver’s-side airbag, driver’s-side airbag inflator, and the passenger side airbag. Below is a released list of the affected vehicles:

Vehicles recalled for driver’s-side airbag replacement:

• 2008 through 2013 BMW 128i and 135i Convertibles and 128i, 135i, and M Coupes

• 2007 through 2010 BMW X3 30si and X3 xDrive30i SUVs

• 2013 through 2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SUVs

• 2007 through 2013 BMW 328i, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335is, 335i xDrive and M3 coupes

• 2006 through 2011 BMW 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive and M3 sedans

• 2009 through 2011 BMW 335d sedans

• 2006 through 2012 BMW 325xi, 328i, 328xi and 328i xDrive station wagons

• 2007 through 2013 BMW 328i, 335i, 335is, and M3 convertibles

Vehicles recalled for driver’s-side airbag inflator replacement only:

• 2007 through 2013 BMW X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M SUVs

• 2009 through 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d and 2008 through 2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6M SUVs

• 2010 through 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid SUVs

Vehicles recalled for passenger-side airbag replacement:

• 2000 through 2005 BMW 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 330i, and 330xi sedans, coupes, and wagons

• 2000 through 2006 BMW 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, M3 Coupe, M3 Convertible, 323Cic, 325Cic, and 330Cic coupes and convertibles

• 2009 through 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d diesel SUVs

• 2008 through 2012 BMW X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SUVs

• 2007 through 2012 BMW X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M SUVs

• 2010 through 2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid SUVs

Solution:

BMW asks all affected vehicles owners to bring the recall into any authorized BMW dealership for installment of a new airbag inflator. This recall service will be free of charge. All affected vehicle owners should register their vehicles online to ensure fast and reliable recall service. 

Affected airbag inflators, supplied by Takata, were installed using ammonium nitrate, which, under the extreme cases of heat and humidity, caused the inflators unannounced explosion. Permanent replacements of the airbag inflators will not use ammonium nitrate.

For more information on this or other recalls vehicle owners can contact BMW customer service at 800-525-7417 or visit motorsafety.org.

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Marshall EarleyBMW Recalls Over 300,000 Vehicles Due to Faulty Airbag Inflators

Certain Nissan and Infiniti AirBags May Explode

Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 16, 2020 – Nissan North America is recalling certain Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. Affected vehicles may have faulty airbag inflators that could explode without warning, propelling sharp and metal objects toward vehicle occupants. Nissan estimates 307,962 vehicles are under recall.

The Defect:

Affected vehicles were manufactured with faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata, now a bankrupt company, that has phased out airbags in accordance with documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A Nissan spokesperson announced that “Nissan Group is implementing the next phase of the Takata inflator recalls in accordance with the predetermined coordinated remedy schedule set by NHTSA.”

Recalled models include:

  • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
  • 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2007-2011 Nissan Versa sedan and hatchback.
  • 2001-2004 Infiniti I30 and I35
  • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
  • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45
  • 2006-2010 Infiniti M35

The recall outlines that airbag inflators, subjected to high temperatures or humidity, could explode sending propellant and metal objects toward the driver and other occupants. This could result in injury or death. NHTSA estimated that sixteen people in the U.S. have been killed and 250 have been injured due to the defective airbag inflators. Of the recalled vehicles, NHTSA estimates that 25 percent, or 13 million vehicles, are still to be repaired by Nissan.

Solution:

Affected owners should take their vehicle into any authorized Nissan or Infiniti dealership to replace the defective airbag inflator, free of charge. Nissan will notify the owners on February 10, 2020 asking to bring their vehicles into any authorized dealers for proper service. Affected vehicle owners should contact Infiniti customer service at 888-810-3715 or Nissan customer service at 888-737-9511, for further recall information.

To find out if a vehicle has been affected by this manufacturing defect or recall, vehicle owners are advised to visit MotorSafety.org and run their 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The VIN can be found on the driver’s side dashboard, the driver’s side door jam, DMV registration or the vehicle’s insurance card.

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About MotorSafety.org

MotorSafety.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to vehicle safety and assisting consumers with the identification and resolution of vehicle manufacturing recalls and defects. Through education, awareness, government relations, repair facility referrals and strategic partnerships, MotorSafety.org hopes to remove every unsafe vehicle from the road, facilitate its proper repair, and ensure its prompt return to the owner once the vehicle has met the required safety and performance standards. For more information about MotorSafety.org, please email support@motorsafety.org.

Sean ReyesCertain Nissan and Infiniti AirBags May Explode

AirBag Inflators May Explode In Certain BMW Vehicles

re: NHTSA Campaign 20V018000

Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 23, 2020 – BMW of North American, LLC is recalling certain 2000-2005 vehicles equipped with faulty front passenger airbag inflators that could explode when placed under extreme or long-term weather conditions.

The estimated total of affected vehicles is 292,948.

Affected Vehicles Include:

  • 2000-2005 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 330i and 330xi
  • 2000-2006 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, M3 Coupe, 323Cic, 325Cic, 330Cic, and M3 Convertible

The Defect:

BMW is recalling almost 300,000 vehicles who might be equipped with faulty airbag inflators. Previous replacement parts, used to satisfy Takata airbag inflator recalls, contain ammonium nitrate (PSAN and PSPI) which will explode once subjected to high temperatures and long term humidity exposure. The front passenger airbag in affected vehicles could explode and send metal objects toward the car’s occupants.

Solution:

Affected vehicle owners will be notified on the official recall date – March, 6, 2020. Official licensed BMW dealerships will perform the proper repairs in accordance with the recalled parts. This will be free of charge. The appropriate solution is to replace the faulty frontal airbag (passenger side) with another inflator that does not contain ammonium nitrate (PSAN). After the proper repair, inflators should not explode even under long-term exposure to high temperatures and humidity.

For more information on this and other recalls, visit www.motorsafety.org.

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About MotorSafety.org

MotorSafety.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to vehicle safety and assisting consumers with the identification and resolution of vehicle manufacturing recalls and defects. Through education, awareness, government relations, repair facility referrals and strategic partnerships, MotorSafety.org hopes to remove every unsafe vehicle from the road, facilitate its proper repair, and ensure its prompt return to the owner once the vehicle has met the required safety and performance standards. For more information about MotorSafety.org, please email support@motorsafety.org.

Marshall EarleyAirBag Inflators May Explode In Certain BMW Vehicles

BMW Recalls Vehicles – Passenger Air Bag May Explode Without Warning

re: NHTSA Campaign 20V016000

Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 23, 2020 – BMW of North American, LLC is recalling certain 2007-2012 vehicles equipped with faulty airbag inflators that could possibly explode when placed under high humidity and heat. Previous interim parts used to replace Takata inflators are also under recall.

The estimated total of affected vehicles is 4,007.

Affected Vehicles Include:

  • 2009-2012 X5 xDrive35d
  • 2008-2012 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M 
  • 2007-2012 X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M 
  • 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid

The Defect:

BMW is recalling over 4,000 vehicles due to risk of unintended airbag deployment. Affected vehicles are equipped with a non-desiccated, front airbag that contains ammonium nitrate propellant (PSPI-2); a propellant used to satisfy previous Takata inflator recalls. Under long-term high temperatures and humidity the ammonium nitrate propellant (PSPI-2) will explode, sending large metal fragments and shards towards the driver and other vehicle passengers, resulting in serious injuries and possible death.

Solution:

BMW will notify affected vehicle owners when the official recall beginnings, which is March 6, 2020. Any officially licensed BMW dealership will perform the proper inflator repairs, free of charge. The repair will include a replacement front airbag inflator that does not include ammonium nitrate (PSPI-2). This repair will allow airbag inflators to remain intact under long-term high humidity and temperatures. BMW asks that any owner suspecting their vehicle is under recall should call BMW customer service at 1-800-535-7417 or visit the nearest authorized BMW dealership.

For more information on this and other recalls, visit www.motorsafety.org.

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About MotorSafety.org

MotorSafety.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to vehicle safety and assisting consumers with the identification and resolution of vehicle manufacturing recalls and defects. Through education, awareness, government relations, repair facility referrals and strategic partnerships, MotorSafety.org hopes to remove every unsafe vehicle from the road, facilitate its proper repair, and ensure its prompt return to the owner once the vehicle has met the required safety and performance standards. For more information about MotorSafety.org, please email support@motorsafety.org.

Marshall EarleyBMW Recalls Vehicles – Passenger Air Bag May Explode Without Warning

BMW Recalls Vehicles Equipped With Faulty Airbag Inflators

re: NHTSA Campaign 20V017000

Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 23, 2020 – BMW of North American, LLC is recalling certain 2006-2015 vehicles equipped with faulty airbag inflators that could explode sending sharp metal objects towards the driver and other occupants. The previous Takata inflator remedy parts are also under this recall.

The estimated total of affected vehicles is 59,965.

Affected Vehicles Include:

  • 2008-2013 128i and 135i Convertibles
  • 128i, 135i, and M Coupes 
  • 2007-2010 X3 30si and X3 xDrive30i 
  • 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2013 328i, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335is, 335i xDrive and M3 Coupes
  • 2006-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335ixDrive and M3 
  • 2009-2011 335D, 2006-2012 325xi, 328i, 328xi and 328i xDrive 
  • 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid, 2007-2013 328i, 335i, 335is, M3 Coupes, X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M
  • 2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d
  • 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M

The Defect:

BMW is recalling almost 60,000 vehicles equipped with faulty airbag inflators. The affected driver frontal inflators are non-desiccated and contained phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) that were used as repair parts for all authorized Takata recalls. Exposed to long periods of humidity and high temperatures, the ammonium nitrate (PSAN) could cause the driver frontal inflator to explode sending sharp metal fragments that could result in serious injury to the vehicle occupants or death.

Solution:

BMW will notify affected vehicle owners by March 6, 2020 when the official recall will begin. All official BMW dealerships will perform the necessary repair free of charge. The repair consists of replacing the previous faulty Takata airbags with an inflator that does not contain ammonium nitrate.

X5 and X6 vehicles will only need the inflator and not the whole apparatus replaced. Owners with further questions regarding their vehicles repairs may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

For more information on this and other recalls, visit www.motorsafety.org.

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About MotorSafety.org

MotorSafety.org is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to vehicle safety and assisting consumers with the identification and resolution of vehicle manufacturing recalls and defects. Through education, awareness, government relations, repair facility referrals and strategic partnerships, MotorSafety.org hopes to remove every unsafe vehicle from the road, facilitate its proper repair, and ensure its prompt return to the owner once the vehicle has met the required safety and performance standards. For more information about MotorSafety.org, please email support@motorsafety.org.

Marshall EarleyBMW Recalls Vehicles Equipped With Faulty Airbag Inflators

Nissan Recalls a Variety of Vehicles Due to Issue With Replacement Airbag

Laguna Hills, CA – Jan 9, 2020 – Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2001-2003 Maxima, 2002-2006 Sentra, 2002-2004 Pathfinder, 2007-2011 Versa Sedan and Versa Hatchback, 2001-2004 Infiniti I30 and I35, 2002-2003 Inifiniti QX4, 2003-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45 and 2006-2010 M35 and M45 vehicles. These vehicles may be equipped with non-desiccated frontal airbag inflators that were used as temporary remedy replacement parts for a previous recall of Takata airbags. The inflators are in danger of rupturing due to exposure to high levels of humidity or temperatures, as well as rapid temperature changes. 

The potential number of units affected is estimated at 307,962.

The Defect

Non-desiccated air bag inflators were equipped on various Nissan vehicles as temporary stopgap remedies in previous Takata airbag recalls. These inflators have a defect of their own; due to the presence of moisture in these parts, the inflator’s supply of stabilized ammonium nitrate is susceptible to changes in pressure. These pressure changes can occur due to high temperatures or high levels of humidity – in addition, rapid temperature cycling can also cause these pressure changes. At high enough temperatures or humidity, the inflators can explode, resulting in metal debris impacting the driver and passengers of the vehicle. This increases the risk of personal injury to occupants as well as collisions resulting from either distraction or incapacitating injuries.

Timeline of Events

In early January, Takata sent out Defect Report 20E-001, detailing a defect they discovered in some airbag inflators used as temporary replacement parts in a recall. Upon receipt of this report, Nissan collated a list of previously recalled vehicles equipped with this remedy. It was determined that 2001-2003 Maxima, 2002-2006 Sentra, 2002-2004 Pathfinder, 2007-2011 Versa Sedan and Versa Hatchback, 2001-2004 Infiniti I30 and I35, 2002-2003 Inifiniti QX4, 2003-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45 and 2006-2010 M35 / M45 vehicles were equipped with these replacement parts.

After the confirming the risk, Nissan drafted a safety recall January 2, 2020, brought upon by an “abundance of caution” according to the initial filing. On January 9, this recall notice became public, and owners of the affected vehicles were made aware of the risk. Preparations were made to replace the non-desiccated inflators with correct desiccated ones; the remedy process is projected to start in early February. 

The Solution

In accordance with the initial recall, Nissan will notify owners of the danger and replace the air bag inflators with non defective ones, free of charge. Owners will be periodically notified and reminded of the defective nature of the parts and the recall will be distinguished from the original to avoid confusion. Owners can bring their vehicles to authorized retailers in order to receive their free replacement parts. However, until then, owners are advised not to operate their vehicles due to the risk involved to both occupants and other motorists. This recall is expected to begin February 10, 2020. 

For more information on this or other recalls past or present, visit MotorSafety.org.

Sean ReyesNissan Recalls a Variety of Vehicles Due to Issue With Replacement Airbag

BMW Sedans, Convertibles Recalled Over Faulty Air Bags

Laguna Hills, CA – Oct. 22, 2019 – BMW of North America recently announced that it’s pulling over 3,900 models from the marketplace due to the potential that the installed air bags are compromised. In the event of an accident causing the air bags to deploy, sharp metal fragments could break through them, potentially leading to a serious injury. Owners receiving notifications pertaining to the 2000-2002 BMW air bag recall are urged to take their vehicle to their nearest dealership so the issue can be fixed promptly. The luxury automaker says these notices will be mailed starting at the end of November.

The Defect

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, BMW says it’s recalling 3,924 sedans and convertibles over the possibility that the air bags installed could be faulty. Here are the affected vehicles in question, along with their model year and campaign identification number 19V698000:

  • 2000-2002 325i
  • 2000-2002 325xi
  • 2000-2002 323Ci
  • 2000-2002 325Ci
  • 2000-2002 330Ci

Should motorists in the aforementioned models be involved in a crash that is forceful enough for the air bags to deploy, they could explode upon impact, releasing sharp metal shards that may result in injury. The cause of this issue is believed to be the propellant used in the release of the air bags. According to NHTSA documents, the propellant has the potential to break down over time due to exposure to high levels of humidity and temperature cycling.

Timeline of Events

The 2000-2002 BMW air bag recall is one of several that have affected the auto industry tracing back several years. The Office of Defects Investigation arm of the NHTSA opened a sweeping inquiry into this issue back in June 2014 after learning of six separate incidents where air bags ruptured, which involved five vehicle manufacturers. The ODI ultimately determined that the common link between them all was the manufacturer of the air bags – Takata – and the locations of where these air bags were installed. All six took place in either Florida or Puerto Rico.

These events ultimately led to a much wider investigation of Takata air bags and their potential to cause serious injury to motorists. All told, at least 37 million automobiles had been equipped with 50 million defective air bags manufactured by Takata, according to the most recent statistics available from the NHTSA. Repair rates among automakers with Takata air bags installed rose 30% in 2018 compared to the previous year.

“Communicating the urgency for recall repairs with the help of stakeholders and DMVs is proving effective to protecting lives on our nation’s roadways,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King said at the time.

This isn’t the first time this year that BMW has been affected by an air bag safety issue. In June, the luxury automaker announced it was recalling approximately 2,000 SUVs whose air bags were installed improperly. Prior to that, around 1,700 2-Series, 3-Series and 4-Series models were also recalled because of compromised passenger knee air bags.

The Solution

As for the 2000-2002 BMW air bag issue, the luxury automaker is getting ready to start distributing mailers that will inform owners about this problem. BMW says it will begin sending the notifications out starting Nov. 25. Recipients of the safety notices are urged to bring their vehicle to a local dealer. If appropriate, a replacement air bag will be installed free of charge.

For more information on other BMW recalls, visit MotorSafety.org.

Sean ReyesBMW Sedans, Convertibles Recalled Over Faulty Air Bags

Honda Recalls Over 1.1 Million Vehicles Equipped With Faulty Takata Air Bag Inflators

 

Laguna Hills, CA – March 15, 2019 – Honda is recalling specific 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2013-2016 ILX, 2013-2014 ILX Hybrid, 2003-2006 MDX, 2007-2016 RDX, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2004-2006, and 2009-2014 TL, 2010-2013 ZDX and 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2007 Fit, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot and 2006-2014 Ridgeline vehicles. The affected vehicles had previously received a driver air bag inflator or air bag module replacement as part of a massive recall of defective Takata air bags affecting numbers of different automakers. Because of a manufacturing error, the front driver air bag may explode during a crash. The potential number of vehicles affected is 1,108,939.

The Defect

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report filed March 11, replacement driver air bag inflators or air bag modules had been installed in the affected vehicles as part of a previous Takata inflator recall. Due to a manufacturing error, in the event of a crash in which the air bag is activated, the inflator may explode, resulting in sharp metal fragments striking the driver, front seat passenger or other occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Car and Driver said this latest recall came about after a crash involving a 2004 Odyssey, in which the driver’s arm was bruised. This happened after the company learned that the Takata replacement, a driver’s-side inflator that is supposed to resist moisture, had ruptured due to “excessive moisture” present at the Takata factory in Mexico.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Takata air bag recall, which has been going on for over 10 years, involved over 37 million vehicles built by 19 automakers. At least 22 people were killed and hundreds permanently disfigured when the air bags exploded after deployment, spraying them with deadly shrapnel.

Timeline of Events

Honda began using the Takata-made driver-side air bag inflators June 2014 as part of a regional safety improvement campaign. By March 2015, when the scope of the original Takata recall expanded, Honda began obtaining remedy air bag inflators from other manufacturers to supplement its supply of replacement parts.

Honda instructed dealers to stop installing the Takata inflators July 2016, and stopped ordering the replacement parts from Takata.

On March 21, 2018, Honda was informed of the Jan. 19, 2018 crash in which the driver air bag inflator had allegedly ruptured during air bag deployment; an initial incident report was then submitted to NHTSA March 23. A joint field inspection April 10 confirmed the driver air bag inflator had ruptured, and a final rupture incident report was sent to NHTSA.

From mid-April to early-February 2019, Honda continued its investigation in conjunction with the air bag inflator supplier and NHTSA. Ultimately, examination of the replacement parts did not turn up any conclusive explanation of the factors that led to the over-pressurization found in these inflators, with Honda concluding that all available evidence suggested a manufacturing anomaly.

Honda met with NHTSA Feb. 15 to share the results of the investigation. The automaker then decided on March 6 that a defect existed, launching the recall process as a result. As of March 16, Honda had received only one injury claim related to this issue.

The Solution

Honda will notify owners beginning April 17, and dealers – which are already prepared to begin repairs – will replace the driver’s air bag inflator with another inflator from an alternative supplier, free of charge.

Honda owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is O41. Acura owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura’s number for this recall is U40. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V182000.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls Over 1.1 Million Vehicles Equipped With Faulty Takata Air Bag Inflators

Volkswagen Recalls More Than 100,000 Vehicles Equipped With Defective Takata Air Bags

 

Herndon, Va. – Feb. 28, 2019 – Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015 Passat, 2015-2016 Eos, 2015-2017 CC, 2016-2017 TT Roadster, TT Coupe, 2017 Audi R8 Coupe, and R8 Spyder vehicles. This is part of a vast and ongoing scheduled recall of vehicles with Takata air bags. The potential number of units affected is 119,394.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Safety Report filed Jan. 11, the non-desiccated ammonium nitrate used as a propellant in the air bag inflators in the passenger side airbags of these vehicles poses a risk at some point in the future for all vehicles thus equipped.

If the driver’s frontal air bag deploys, the defective inflator could potentially rupture. The degrading ammonium nitrate present in the propellant wafers may explode under excessive internal pressure in the event of a crash which causes deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag.

In very rare cases, the explosion might mean that metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material and go flying into the interior of the vehicle from the passenger front side, potentially striking the vehicle occupants and conceivably resulting in serious injury or death.

This recall is part of a massive worldwide recall of vehicles with Takata airbags that is being conducted in waves starting with the vehicles that are at highest risk of propellant degradation (older vehicles and vehicles in Zones 1, 2, and 3.)  All test ruptures reported by Takata to date have occurred on inflators returned from regions subject to high absolute humidity.

Timeline of Events

The filing was made as required per the NHTSA Coordinated Remedy Order. The date of determination for Audi was Jan. 2, and the date of determination for Volkswagen was Jan. 9, 2019. Volkswagen will cooperate with NHTSA to prioritize and stagger vehicle repairs by joining NHTSA’s coordinated remedy program. The remedy components for this defect are not ammonium-nitrate based accelerant air bag inflators.

According to Consumer Reports, the investigation began in 2008, after reports of exploding air bags and flying metal shrapnel surfaced. The cause turned out to be degraded propellant wafers in the air bag inflators manufactured by Takata, which were installed in millions of cars between 2002 and 2015. Vehicles made by 19 different automakers have been recalled in what may turn out to be the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.

The Solution

The recall is expected to begin in March 2019. Volkswagen will notify owners by mail, and be instructed to take their vehicle to an authorized Audi dealer. Dealers will replace the driver’s frontal air bag inflator with an alternative part, free of charge. Audi and Volkswagen are excluding reimbursement for costs associated with replacement of air bag inflators. The Audi recalled component description is 4S0.880.201, and the Volkswagen’s part numbers are 3C8.880.201 and 561.880.201

Volkswagen owners may contact customer service at 1-800-893-5298; Audi owners should call 1-800-253-2834. The number for this recall is 69S8 (Audi) and 69Y5 (Volkswagen). Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for these recalls is 19V014000.

Sean ReyesVolkswagen Recalls More Than 100,000 Vehicles Equipped With Defective Takata Air Bags

Subaru Adds More Than 370,000 Vehicles To Takata Air Bag Recall List

 

Camden, N.J. – February 27, 2019 – Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Forester, 2010-2014 Tribeca, WRX, Outback, Legacy, and 2010-2011 Impreza vehicles sold or ever registered in specific regions, in two separate but related recalls. The range of vehicles included specific models and years, and is confined to potentially hot and humid regions. The total potential number of units affected is 373,514.

Vehicles being recalled are from the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,  Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Safety Report filed on January 9th, all the recalled vehicles are equipped with Takata air bag inflators with propellant wafers that contain non-desiccated ammonium nitrate. The injectors are part of full passenger frontal air bag modules which have been utilized over many years as original equipment and replacement equipment. Takata’s investigation to date has revealed that the propellant wafers can degrade over time, especially when exposed over long periods of time to high absolute humidity and drastic temperature cycling.

This degradation can lead to explosive combustion in the event of a crash that triggers deployment of the passenger frontal air bag. Excessive internal pressure when the non-desiccated ammonium nitrate inflator with degraded propellant is activated can cause the inflator to rupture, causing metal fragments to pass through the air bag. As the sharp metal fragments exit the air bag module at high speed, they can enter the vehicle interior and strike the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants of the vehicle, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Timeline of Events

On November 3, 2015, the NHTSA and Takata entered into a Consent Order surrounding the defective airbag issue. On May 4, 2016, the NHTSA and Takata forged an amended agreement on the basis of testing and analysis conducted by Takata (and further independent testing by third party unaffiliated research organizations). Due to the results of those tests, the NHTSA concluded that all non-desiccated frontal Takata PSAN inflators will, at some point in the future, reach an unstable and dangerous threshold level of degradation. NHTSA then ordered Takata to file certain defect information reports (DIRs) which Takata submitted. On May 20, 2016, Subaru determined to launch a voluntary recall.

Subsequently, further DIRs were submitted by Takata in January of 2017, 2018 and 2019 in accordance with the schedule outlined by the NHTSA to roll out waves of recalls in order of priority and highest risk, and to allow time for manufacture of appropriate replacement parts to stock dealers in preparation for the recall. Subaru has issued regular recalls for subsequent series of vehicles in cooperation with the Takata DIR filings.

The Solution

The recall began January 25, 2019. Subaru is notifying owners to take their vehicles to dealerships where dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. Any vehicle owners who have already paid to fix this condition prior to this campaign may seek reimbursement for their costs. In the owner letters, Subaru has warned owners not to allow passengers to ride i the front passenger seat until the defect has been remedied. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614.

Subaru’s numbers for these recalls are TKA-19 and TKB-19. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Numbers for these recalls are 19V007000 and 19V008000.

Sean ReyesSubaru Adds More Than 370,000 Vehicles To Takata Air Bag Recall List