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NHTSA to Expand Takata Airbag Investigation

Abigail Reyes1 year ago

U.S. regulators want to expand their investigation of Takata Corp airbags beyond the initial 11 automakers named in the review. They want to know if vehicle design was involved in the devices posing a risk to the public.

NHTSA Yet to Specify Automakers Affected by Extension

According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expects to coordinate the Takata recall to ensure that the 23.4 million air bag inflators installed in 19.2 million U.S. vehicles from 11 automakers are properly replaced.

However, the regulator has said they have the ability to add more manufactures to the recall consent order should the need arise. While the agency has not disclosed what other manufacturers could be affected, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind did state that the recall “goes beyond the 11.”

The airbags in question can explode upon deployment, ejecting metal shrapnel through vehicle cabins. So far, eight deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the recalled airbags.

Vehicles Currently Affected by Recall

Among the vehicles currently covered by the Takata airbag recall are:

  • BMW – 627,615 vehicles affected:
    • 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/Dodge – 3.3 million vehicles affected:
    • 2005-2008 Chrysler 300
    • 2007-2008 Chrysler Aspin
    • 2006-2007 Dodge Charger
    • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Ram 2500
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Dakota
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Durango
    • 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 3500
    • 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 4500
    • 2008 Dodge Ram 5500
  • Ford – 502,489 vehicles affected:
    • 2004 Ford Ranger
    • 2005-2006 Ford GT
    • 2005-2007 Ford Mustang
  • General Motors – 133,211 vehicles affected:
    • 2002 – 2003 Buick LeSabre
    • 2002 – 2003 Buick Rendezvous
    • 2002 – 2003 Cadillac DeVille
    • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer
    • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Impala
    • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
    • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Venture
    • 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy
    • 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy XL
    • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora
    • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada
    • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette
    • 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Bonneville
    • 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Montana
    • 2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
    • 2005 Saab 9-2x
  • Honda – 5.4 million vehicles affected:
    • 2002-2003 Acura CL and TL
    • 2003-2006  Acura MDX
    • 2005 Acura RL
    • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
    • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
    • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
    • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
    • 2003-2011 Honda Element
    • 2003-2007 Honda Pilot
    • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • Mazda – Approximately 330,000 vehicles affected:
    • 2003-2007 Mazda6
    • 2004-2008 RX-8
    • 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6
    • 2004-2005 MPV
    • 2004 B-Series
  • Mitsubishi – 11,985 vehicles affected:
    • 2004-2005 Lancer
    • 2006-2007 Raider
  • Nissan – 717,364 vehicles affected:
    • 2001-2004 Infinity I30/I35
    • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
    • 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
    • 2006 Infiniti M35/M45
    • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
    • 2001-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
    • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
  • Subaru – 17,516 vehicles affected:
    • 2003-2005 Baja
    • 2003-2005 Legacy
    • 2003-2005 Outback
    • 2004-2005 Impreza/WRX/WRX STI
  • Toyota – 877,000 vehicles affected:
    • 2002 – 2004 Lexus SC
    • 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla
    • 2003 – 2004 Toyota  Matrix
    • 2002 – 2004 Toyota Sequoia
    • 2003 – 2004 Toyota Tundra

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