Fiat Chrysler Adds 1.4 Million Vehicles to Takata Airbag Recall

Fiat Chrysler Adds 1.4 Million Vehicles to Takata Airbag Recall

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is adding 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. to its list of those that should have their Takata airbag inflators replaced. The action includes Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram vehicles.

This latest announcement from FCA covers passenger-side front airbag inflators, and is part of the effort by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automakers to space out the replacement of Takata airbag inflators based on the risk to drivers and passengers.

The goal has been to get replacement inflators to vehicle owners in the highest-risk regions first, and then to the rest of the country later as the supply of replacement inflators grows. The last wave of recalls is scheduled for early in 2020…Read more on ConsumerReports.org

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Toyota, Lexus, Scion Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles for Takata Airbags

Toyota is adding 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. to its list of those that should have their Takata airbags inflators replaced. Lexus and Scion vehicles are also included in the recall.

This latest announcement from Toyota covers passenger-side front airbag inflators, and is part of the effort by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automakers to space out the replacement of Takata airbag inflators based on the risk to drivers and passengers.

The goal has been to get replacement inflators to vehicle owners in the highest-risk regions first, and then to the rest of the country later, as the supply of replacement inflators grew. The last wave of recalls is scheduled for early in 2020…Read more on ConsumerReports.org

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Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace inflators

Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace inflators

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel.

The move includes over 782,000 vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.

Included are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang…Read more on APNews.com

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156,000 Mazda cars and crossover SUVs added to Takata airbag recall

156,000 Mazda cars and crossover SUVs added to Takata airbag recall

Mazda on Tuesday said that an additional 156,000 cars and crossover SUVs are subject to an increasingly massive recall to replace defective airbag components built by automotive supplier Takata.

The latest recall covers 2010-2013 Mazda 6 sedans, 2010-12 Mazda CX-7 crossover SUVs, 2010-2015 Mazda CX-9 crossover SUVs, and 2011 Mazda RX-8 sports cars.

The Mazda vehicles affected by the latest round of recalls have passenger-side airbag inflators that may explode in the event of a crash, which could send shrapnel toward the vehicle’s occupants. The Takata recall has affected nearly every major automaker due to defective airbag inflators that are prone to degradation in climates with higher humidity or more temperature cycling…Read more on TheCarConnection.com

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More Nissan Versas added to Takata air bag recall

A handful of 2007-2008 Nissan Versa subcompacts have been added to the growing list of vehicles fitted with faulty Takata air bag inflators.

Nissan last month said that it had identified 233 Versa sedan and hatchback models with passenger-side air bag components that could explode. The cars were inadvertently not included in an earlier recall of the 2007-2011 Versa, meaning their owners were not contacted with instructions on how to have the air bag inflators replaced for free…Read more on KATU.com

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Nissan Recalls 105K Cars Over Air Bags That Could Explode

Nissan Recalls 105K Cars Over Air Bags That Could Explode

Nissan is recalling more than 100,000 cars that may contain airbag inflators that could potentially explode and send shrapnel at the driver and passengers.

The recall comes as part of a coordinated recall of Takata airbag products in tens of millions of vehicles. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause the bags to explode, and have caused injuries and death, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…Read more on Stamford Daily Voice

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Mazda adds another 270,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall, still largest in history

Mazda adds another 270,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall, still largest in history

Mazda and the NHTSA said last week that they will add another 269,618 vehicles to the Takata airbag recall total, already the largest in history at over 50 million vehicles affected in the U.S. alone. The recall aims to replace faulty airbag detonators that can deteriorate over time and cause unexpected or excessive explosions, responsible for at least 23 deaths and 300 injuries worldwide to date…Read more on TheCarConnection.com

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500 Honda Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks: Recall Alert

500 Honda Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks: Recall Alert – May 16, 2018

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective Takata air bags

Auburn Hills, Mich. – May 10, 2018 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 71,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective Takata air bag assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2006-2007 Volkswagen Passat sedans produced between April 27, 2005, and Nov. 3, 2006, as well as 2006-2007 Volkswagen Passat wagons produced between July 5, 2005, and Nov. 17, 2006. The German automaker suspects all of the models referenced in the recall contain the defective components.
The parts involved in this action are at the center of a multiyear recall campaign encompassing 42 million vehicles across more than one dozen brands, Car and Driver reported. Approximately 15 owners have perished in accidents involving these components, while more than 100 have sustained serious injuries, according to Consumer Reports.
The Defect
Affected vehicles contain Takata air bag assemblies with inflator modules whose propellant wafers are prone to degradation over time. These defective wafers could lead to particularly violent combustion upon air bag deployment. This issue, in turn, may cause the steel air bag inflator housing to explode, spraying metal fragments throughout the vehicle cabin at high speeds. Consequently, the defect poses a mortal threat to occupants. As stated above, Takata air bag assemblies are responsible for multiple driver deaths and injuries.
Timeline of Events
In March 2016, Volkswagen recalled more than 150,000 vehicles, including those involved in this action, in response to a Takata component recall filling, according to documentation from the NHTSA. The automaker oversaw permanent replacement of the air bag assemblies installed in these models, trading the defective inflators for replacements containing desiccated ammonium nitrate propellant. Recently, Volkswagen decided to adopt guanidine nitrate-based inflators. GuNi propellant is more durable and less caustic than ammonium nitrate propellant, The New York Times reported. This switch forced the car manufacturer to launch another recall, which it did April 18, 2018. Volkswagen also informed dealers of the impending action on this date.
The Solution
The automaker will replace the ammonium nitrate-based air bag inflators with GuNi alternatives free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Volkswagen contacted owners via first-class mail April 30, 2018. Those in need of additional assistance can reach out to Volkswagen customer service personnel by calling (800) 893-5298 and using the internal recall identification code 69Q8. They can also connect with the NHTSA directly through the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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Mitsubishi recalls vehicles with defective Takata air bags

Cypress, Calif. – April 30, 2018 – Mitsubishi Motors North America has recalled more than 17,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective Takata air bag assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer sedans produced between Aug. 3, 2003, and Aug. 31, 2006.
The Japanese automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective components.
This particular recall involving Takata air bags is part of a larger safety campaign stretching back to 2014 and involving more than 37 million vehicles from 13 automakers, according to the NHTSA.
The Defect
Affected vehicles contain Takata air bag assemblies featuring defective inflators that are prone to combustion upon deployment. When exploded, the metal inflator housing fragments, sending bits of sharp throughout the cabin. Consequently, these fixtures pose a serious safety hazard to occupants. Takata air bags have killed 20 people and injured hundreds more worldwide, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Timeline of Events
Takata on May 18, 2015, submitted a Defect Information Report which advised all automakers involved with vehicles containing its air bag assemblies to expand ongoing recalls. The NHTSA relayed this information to automotive companies May 27, 2015. In response, Mitsubishi expanded an ongoing recall involving 2004-2005 Lancer sedans to include all remaining 2005 Lancer vehicles, as well as those produced in 2006 using the Takata air bag inflators.
Between May 2015 and September 2017, the automaker replaced defective air bag assemblies with temporary like-for-like replacements. During this time, Mitsubishi also developed a viable permanent replacement, which passed the final testing phase in September 2017.
Over the following months, the automaker mass-produced the parts to build of up sufficient supply for an expanded recall action addressing all of the vehicles that received temporary replacements. On March 29, 2018, Mitsubishi reviewed the matter and decided to launch a voluntary safety recall.
The Solution
The automaker will direct dealers to replace the Takata air bag assemblies in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Mitsubishi intends to notify dealers April 19, 2018, and reach out to owners via first-class mail April 26, 2018. Owners in need of more immediate assistance can connect with Mitsubishi customer service personnel by calling (888) 648-7820. Callers should use the internal recall identification code SR-18-005. Owners can also contact the NHTSA directly using its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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