Seven Automakers Recall Millions of Vehicles with Faulty Airbags
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Monday that BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota are all recalling a number of vehicles to address a possible safety defect involving Takata brand airbag inflators.
Hot and humid weather can cause the airbag inflators to rupture. If that occurs, the air bags might not deploy properly in the event of a crash, and shards of metal from the broken system could fly out and cause injury to vehicle occupants.
NHTSA estimates that 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. could be affected by this issue, but that total is likely to climb. Globally, the problem affects several million vehicles.
Earlier this month, NHTSA opened an investigation after receiving six reports of airbags rupturing in Florida and Puerto Rico. Three people were injured in those cases.
In April 2013, Toyota, Honda and Nissan recalled 3.4 million vehicles due to defective propellant in the airbags that could lead to fires. Earlier this month, Toyota recalled 2.27 million additional vehicles globally with defective Takata brand airbags.
All consumers impacted by these recalls should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from their vehicle manufacturer. Dealers will replace the defective Takata airbag inflators free of charge.