Vehicles with Dangerous Takata Airbag Inflators Recalled by Fifteen Manufacturers
The recalls from the automakers include more than 16 million vehicles
Fifteen automakers have issued recalls for more than 16 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators prone to rupture.
The announcements are the latest in a long line of Takata-related recalls, with even more to come. Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that, in addition to the 29 million already involved, 35-40 million vehicles are expected to be added to the recall list. Due to the size of the action, the recall will be instituted in phases.
NHTSA has determined that age, temperature, and moisture are the variables that lead to an increased chance of airbag inflator rupture. Consequently, models from 2011 or older in areas of high heat and humidity, such as the Gulf Coast, are included in the recall's first phase. The second phase will feature 2008 and older models in Southern states, while 2004 and older models in the rest of the country will make up the third.
To date, the faulty Takata airbag inflators are responsible for 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.
In 2015, NHTSA imposed the largest civil penalty in its history for Takata's violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and for the first time used its authority to accelerate recall repairs to millions of affected vehicles. NHTSA also appointed an independent monitor to assess, track, and report the company's compliance with the consent order and to oversee the coordinated remedy program.
The following automakers are included in the most recent recalls:
- Daimler Vans
- Fiat Chrysler
- General Motors
- Jaguar Land Rover