Automakers recall 1.7 million cars with Takata airbags

Mae Love
February 10, 2019

The most recent recall follows a recall last September from Honda and Accura that affected 1.4 million vehicles, and another last December from Toyota and Lexus that included 65,000.

Those vehicles are part of the largest and most complex automotive recall in US history, covering 50 million airbag inflators in 37 million vehicles from 19 manufacturers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

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It's just the latest round of recalls in the wake of revelations that Takata's airbag inflators can explode, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Almost two dozen people have died worldwide and hundreds more injured. Subaru's recall includes 826,144 examples of the Forester, Outback, and Legacy models manufactured between 2010 and 2014. Volkswagen contributed 119,394 cars to the recall, including some Audi-badged models, while BMW noted 266,044 cars made between from 2000 to 2004 and 2007 to 2015 are part of the latest campaign.

Daimler Vans: 159,689 vehicles from model years 2015-17.

To find out if your vehicle is being recalled, go to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website.

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