Warren, Mich. – Jan. 26, 2017 – The recall of vehicles equipped with faulty Takata air bags appears to have no end in sight. Most recently, automakers recalled more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S., according to a report by NBC News.
Takata air bag inflators contain an ammonium nitrate-based propellant that does not contain a chemical drying agent, according to Consumer Reports. This means that temperature fluctuations, humidity and age can cause them to ignite without warning, in some cases spraying shrapnel at high speed toward drivers and occupants. In the U.S. alone, this defect is believed to be responsible for 11 deaths and about 180 injuries.
The most recent recall involves 13 automakers: Audi, Nissan, Jaguar-Land Rover, Subaru, Daimler Vans, Tesla, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Mazda, McLaren and Karma. All will need to replace front passenger inflators in numerous vehicle models.
The specific vehicle models being recalled are as follows:
- 2009 A4 Cabriolet, S4 Cabriolet, A6 Avant, A6 Sedan and S6 Sedan
- 2005-2008 A4 Avant, A4 Sedan, A6 Sedan, S4 Avant and S4 Sedan
- 2007-2008 A4 Cabriolet, RS4 Sedan, S4 Cabriolet and S6 Sedan
- 2006-2008 A6 Avant
- 2008 RS4 Cabriolet
- 2012 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M
- 2009 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M. 2008-2009 X6 xDrive 35i, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M, and 2009 X5 xDrive35d. 2007-2008 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M
- 2008 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M
- 2012 Freightliner 2500 and 3500 Sprinter and Mercedes-Benz 2500 and 3500 Sprinter
- 2009 Dodge 2500 and 3500 Sprinter and Freightliner 2500 and 3500 Sprinter
- 2012 California, 458 Italia, 458 Spider, and FF
- 2012 Jaguar XF
- 2009 Jaguar XF
- 2012 Range Rover
- 2012 Fisker Karma
- 2007-2009 B-Series trucks
- 2012 CX-7, CX-9 and Mazda6
- 2009 CX-7, CX-9 and Mazda6
- 2007-2008 CX-7 and CX-9
- 2009 RX-8
- 2005-2006 MPV
- 2005-2008 RX-8
- 2012 MP4-12C
- 2012 C300 4Matic, C250, C250 Coupe, C350, C350 Coupe 4Matic, C350 Coupe, C63 AMG, C63 AMG Coupe, E350 Coupe 4Matic, E350 Cabrio, E350 Coupe, E550 Cabrio, E550 Coupe, GLK350 4Matic, GLK350, SLS AMG Cabrio, and SLS AMG Coupe
- 2009 C300 4Matic, C300, C350 and C63 AMG
- 2008 C300 4Matic, C300, and C350
- 2012 and 2014 i-MiEV electric vehicles
- 2012 Versa hatchback
- 2009-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45
- 2009 Nissan Versa
- 2005-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45
- 2006-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45
- 2007-2008 Nissan Versa
- 2005-2006 Baja
- 2009 Forester, Legacy and Outback
- 2006-2011 Impreza
- 2006 to 2012 Tribeca
- 2009-2012 Forester, Legacy, Outback
- 2012 WRX
- 2012 Model S
Timeline of Events
June 2014 – The investigation into the defective inflators initially included reviews of six incidents involving five vehicle manufacturers. All of these were located in Florida or Puerto Rico, according to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Oct. 20, 2016 – The NHTSA confirmed the 11th person to have been killed in a 2001 Honda Civic as a result of this defect. At the time, nine of the 11 deaths had occurred in Acura or Honda vehicles.
Dec. 9, 2016 – The Department of Transportation announced a more aggressive recall schedule that will give priority to the riskiest vehicles. At this point, almost 12.5 million air bags had been repaired. The total number may reach 69 million by the time the process ends, involving 42 million vehicles.
Automakers will notify customers of the recall, with a preference toward those living in high-humidity areas. Replacement air bags will be provided, free of charge, though it may take some weeks for these to reach each customer following the notification. Owners are advised to use the NHTSA’s VIN lookup tool to see whether their car is involved, and to minimize driving if so until they can receive a repair.