Berlin, Germany — February 23, 2016 — While Volkswagen contends with its defeat device scandal, it is also involved in the ongoing Takata airbag recalls. Car and Driver reports that the manufacturer is recalling 680,000 vehicles that contain Takata side airbag inflators. These include CC, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Golf and Eos vehicles with model years ranging between 2006 and 2014. Some of the Passats are only recalled on the German production side.
“The driver-side airbag is the only source of concern for most of the Volkswagen models.”
The new action is notable because it includes more recently manufactured vehicles than some of the other Takata airbag recalls. The source said that the driver-side airbag is the only source of concern for most of the models included.
In addition to Volkswagen’s efforts, fellow German automakers Audi, Daimler and BMW are recalling hundreds of thousands of vehicles apiece. Reuters states that the combined numbers add up to 2.5 million vehicles, adding to the 24 million vehicles involved in the Takata airbag recalls.
Volkswagen referenced the possible danger from this defect in a press release, while also acknowledging the steps it is taking to address owner safety.
“Volkswagen is not aware of any ruptured SDI or PSDI-5 inflator in any Volkswagen Group vehicle worldwide,” the statement read. “Once affected VINs and the recall remedy have been identified, Volkswagen will notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer.”
Faulty inflators from Takata could burst, potentially injuring occupants with metal shrapnel. To date, nine deaths have been connected to the airbag faults in the United States, and Takata has announced its plan to work with regulators to make its vehicles safer.