Is your car on the list?
If you’re the owner of a Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, or a Ferrari then you’ll want to pay attention to this. Those automakers have announced another recall to replace the potentially deadly airbag inflators made by none other than Takata. This time around, a total of 1.7 million vehicles are part of that recall, according to the Associated Press.
As we well know by now, those inflators can hurl shrapnel into the faces of drivers and passengers in the case of those airbags inflating in an accident. However, those inflators can still fracture even without an accident happening. Around 10 million cars are being recalled in the US this year alone, while a grand total of 70 million could be recalled by the time the recall ends in late 2020.
The faulty Takata airbag inflators have been blamed for at least 23 deaths so far, and hundreds more have been injured. This latest recall, just announced by the US government last Friday, involves the following:
Subaru: 2010-2014 Forester, Legacy, and Outback. Total of 826,144 vehicles
Mercedes-Benz: 2010-2017 model year vehicles. Total of 288,779
BMW: 2000-2004 vehicles. Total of 266,044
Daimler Vans: 2015-2017 vehicles. Total of 159,689
Volkswagen/Audi: 2015-2017 vehicles. Total of 119,394
Tesla: 2014-2016 Model S. Total of 68,763 vehicles
Ferrari: 2014-2017. Total of 11,176 vehicles
The AP further noted that, as of December last year, a total of 50.4 million, cars, truck, and SUVs have been recalled as part of the Takata airbag scandal. Disturbingly, only 27.2 million units have been repaired so far. Affected automakers have since been engaged in safety campaigns as part of an effort to reach owners to convince them of the importance of the fix before the worst happens.
Since Honda issued the first Takata-related recall back in 2008, Takata Corp has since filed for bankruptcy. This 10-year long crisis has involved roughly 100 million inflators and 19 automakers. It has been the largest recall in auto industry history.