Takata Airbag Recall Expands to 3.3. Million Vehicles
Toyota, Honda Adds 1M Vehicles to Airbag Recall
The Japanese airbag maker, Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million airbag inflators, further expanding the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. The recalls, which began in May 2016, will continue through December 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA).
The latest recall covers frontal airbags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla.
Notices of the expanded recalls were posted on the NHTSA’s website .
The chemical ammonium nitrate is used in Takata airbags to create a small explosion and fill air bags quickly in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high humidity and temperatures and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister. Essentially, it’s like having a bomb go off in your car upon impact, projecting hot shrapnel into unsuspecting drivers and passengers. At least 20 people have been killed and more than 180 have been injured by the defective airbags.
Toyota recently announced it is recalling an additional 601,000 vehicles in the U.S. Vehicle owners will be notified by March 2018. The recall covers:
- Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Scion xB, Lexus IS 250 and 350 and Lexus IS-F from the 2009, 2010 and 2013 model years.
- Toyota 4-Runner, Lexus IS 250C and 350C and Lexus GX 460 from the 2010 and 2013 model years.
- Toyota Yaris and Lexus ES 350 from the 2009 and 2010 model years.
- Toyota Sienna from the 2013 model year.
Honda is recalling an additional 465,000 vehicles and 960 Gold Wing motorcycles in the U.S. The company plans to notify owners by late February 2018. The recall covers:
- Acura RL and Honda Accord from the 2009-2012 model years.
- Acura TSX, Honda Fit, Honda Ridgeline and Honda Pilot from the 2009-2013 model years.
- Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, Honda Element from the 2009-2011 model years.
- Honda Crosstour, Honda Insight and Acura ZDX from the 2010-2013 model years.
- Acura TSX from the 2011-2013 model years.
- Honda FCX Clarity and Honda Fit EV from the 2013 model year.
- Gold Wing motorcycles with optional airbags from the 2009-2016 model years.
Here’s how to check if your vehicle has a defective Takata airbag:
The NHTSA has set up a website dedicated to the Takata airbag recall . You can access the full list of vehicles affected by the airbag recall, broken down by manufacturer, on the NHTSA website. By simply entering your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), you will be able to know immediately if your vehicle has been affected.
If your vehicle has a defective Takata airbag, we urge you to visit your local dealership and get it repaired immediately. The repairs are free of charge.
Defective motor vehicles endanger the lives of drivers, passengers and others on the road. If you or a loved one have suffered injury or death as the result of a Takata airbag, defective motor vehicle or manufacturing error, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando auto recall lawyer immediately. Our experienced team of product liability and accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.