7.8 Million Cars Recalled for Exploding Air Bags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding the 7.8 million vehicles being recalled due to faulty airbags. We’ve been following the Takata airbag story for months. Under certain conditions, these airbags can become deadly, even in minor collisions. Cars in warm coastal climates are most at risk, but all potentially affected vehicles are currently being recalled. A variety of models from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Toyota are being recalled.

Exploding Air Bag Inflators

It’s not that these airbags don’t work properly or don’t inflate when they should. That’s not the problem. It’s that their inflators actually explode and send shrapnel into the neck, chest and facial regions of the driver and passengers in the car. At least four deaths have been linked with these bomb-like airbags, and dozens of injuries have been reported.

Recalls of 2014

If this story sounds frighteningly familiar, it’s because we’ve reported on the Tataka airbag issue more than once, and the poor mishandling of defective parts is strikingly reminiscent of the recent GM ignition switch debacle. Deadly and defective auto parts? Mismanaged and delayed safety recall? This is happening all too often.

Check for Recalls

Consumers are encouraged to check for recalls at Safercar.gov. You will need to locate your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which can be found on the driver’s side area of the dashboard in most cars. You can also check directly with your car’s manufacturer. This is especially important for anybody who has changed addresses since purchasing a car. Recall notices don’t always make it to your mailbox.

Before a Recall

Unfortunately, it can take months to years for a defective product to get recalled. This means consumers need to be on their toes. Report any suspected defects directly to the manufacturer and to the NHTSA. Furthermore, if you think your injury was the result of a defective or faulty product, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a consultation immediately.

Current Recall List for Defective Takata Air Bags

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 – 2003 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 – 2003 Nissan Sentra
2001 – 2003 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
2003 – Infiniti FX
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

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