U.S. government calls for wider recall of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The U.S. government is asking for a nationwide recall of vehicles equipped with exploding airbags made by Takata.

It would be an expansion of a current recall which covers eight million vehicles made by 10 different automakers. Until now the recall has been limited to vehicles located in warmer states with humid climates.

The call for the expansion comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered a second airbag that exploded in a location outside the regional recall.

The flawed airbags can explode and hit passengers with shrapnel. At least four U.S. drivers of Honda and Acura cars are believed to have been killed by the airbags, according to the Center for Auto Safety.

But on Tuesday night, Takata indicated it was not yet willing to expand the recall. The Japanese company said that none of the roughly 1,000 airbags it has tested outside humid climates have ruptured.

While the airbag manufacturer said it remains committed to addressing safety issues promptly, it’s concerned that a nationwide recall could divert replacement airbags from where they’re needed most.

Takata doesn’t have enough replacement airbags to immediately fix all the eight million cars already recalled.

NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said the company could face a fine of up to $35 million if it does not agree to the nationwide recall.

The expanded recall would only affect vehicles made by Ford, Honda, Chrysler, Mazda and BMW — but the regulatory agency was still working Tuesday on how many more cars would be included.

Honda, which has recalled more than six million cars worldwide for the airbag problem, said it would continue to cooperate with NHTSA and would expand the recalls as warranted by the developing investigation.

Chrysler said it was examining the order from NHTSA and would remain transparent. BMW already conducted a nationwide recall and the other automakers did not immediately respond to emails from CNNMoney.

Click here for more information on the Takata airbag recall.    You can also look up your car by VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to see if it’s affected.

7.8 million vehicles have already been recalled – here’s a 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
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

Information from NHTSA.gov

1 Comment

  • Lotus

    Well I haven’t seen Buick on any of the media lists… Yet. How do you know if you have Takata air bags? When they explode in your face and you see the brand name on them?

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