Air Bag Recalls
Written by Greg on December 7, 2014
According to reporting conducted by Barbara Liston, from Business Insider, in past weeks hundreds of thousands of Toyota owners received very startling news, which showed up via first class mail. This news indicated that owners should immediately get their air bags replaced and should not let anyone sit on the passenger side. Moreover, the research also indicates that a few thousand Chrysler vehicles are likely to get notifications around December due to having airbags with similar issues.
5 Deaths Attributed to Faulty Air Bags
As the report indicates, over the past six years, approximately five deaths can be attributed to airbags that have been manufactured by the Japanese safety equipment maker Takata. These airbags can potentially rupture upon deployment, which causes metal shards to be blown throughout the car. Additionally, the report indicates that over the past six years, approximately 17 million cars have been recalled worldwide, with an estimated 11 million recalled in the United States alone.
Moreover, a spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, David Friedman indicates, “We aggressively investigate and pursue recalls to protect the American public, forcing the recall of approximately 100 million defective vehicles and equipment over the past 10 years.
As mentioned, Takata, the company responsible for the airbags has indicated that there are potentially dangerous consequences that may occur if the airbag does explode upon deployment. Although there is no indication on how to prevent this from occurring, or why it occurs in the first place, research has shown that it is likely caused by propellant chemicals that have been mishandled and improperly stored while in assembly.
No matter the causation, the current list of affected vehicles is as followed:
- Acura: 2002–2003 CL and TL; 2003–2006 MDX; 2005 RL
- BMW (627,615): 2000–2005 3-series sedan and wagon; 2000–2006 3-series coupe and convertible; 2001–2006 M3 coupe and convertible
- Chrysler (371,309, including Dodge): 2005–2008 Chrysler 300; 2007–2008 Aspen
- Dodge/Ram (371,309, including Chrysler): 2003–2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2005–2008 Ram 2500, Dakota, and Durango; 2006–2008 Ram 3500 and 4500; 2008 Ram 5500
- Ford (58,669): 2004 Ranger; 2005–2006 GT; 2005–2007 Mustang
- Honda (5,051,364, including Acura): 2001–2007 Accord; 2001–2005 Civic; 2002–2006 CR-V; 2002–2004 Odyssey; 2003–2011 Element; 2003–2007 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline
- Infiniti: 2001–2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002–2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45; 2006 Infiniti M35/M45
- Lexus: 2002–2005 SC430
- Mazda (64,872): 2003–2007 Mazda 6; 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004–2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004–2005 MPV; 2004 B-series
- Mitsubishi (11,985): 2004–2005 Lancer; 2006–2007 Raider
- Nissan (717,364, including Infiniti): 2001–2003 Maxima; 2001–2004 Pathfinder; 2002–2006 Nissan Sentra
- Pontiac: 2003–2005 Vibe
- Saab: 2005 9-2X
- Subaru (17,516): 2003–2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004–2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI
- Toyota (877,000, including Lexus and Pontiac Vibe): 2002–2005 Toyota Corolla and Sequoia; 2003–2005 Matrix, Tundra
For additional information, one can visit The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and see a comprehensive guide of the affected vehicles, as well as the next steps one can take in order to rectify the situation.