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Huge air bag recall spurs immediate action

7.8 million vehicles recalled because of defective Takata air bags

Last updated: October 23, 2014 04:40 PM

Takata is not exactly a household name, but it may soon become one. Takata products, such as safety belts and air bags, are in many cars on the road today, including 7.8 million that are being recalled.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged affected car owners to take immediate action after receiving notification. In many cases, the automakers have reached out to owners already. (See our previous report on what this massive recall means to you.)

NHTSA has stated that specific BMW (573,935), General Motors (133,221), Honda/Acura (2,803,214), Mazda (18,050), Nissan/Infiniti (437,712), and Toyota/Lexus (778,177) vehicles with Takata air bags are affected. The agency urged owners, once notified, to take their vehicles to their respective dealerships to address this issue.

The defect has been linked to high humidity, and as such, NHTSA has put special emphasis on specific regional recalls, including affected vehicles in Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and Hawaii. 

The automakers are in the process of contacting owners, and some show that it may be weeks before parts are available at the local dealership. We recommend having the work performed at your earliest convenience, thereby addressing this known risk. Ultimately, this is the message from the NHTSA advisory.

The brand links below will direct you to the ownership portion of the automakers' websites.

Affected vehicles as of Oct. 23, 2014

Company

Recalled vehicles

Acura

 

2003–2006 Acura MDX

2002–2003 Acura CL

2005 Acura RL

2002–2003 Acura TL

BMW

 

2000–2005 BMW 3 Series Sedan

2000–2006 BMW 3 Series Coupe

2000–2005 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

2000–2006 BMW 3 Series Convertible

2001–2006 BMW M3 Coupe/Convertible

Chrysler 2005–2008 Chrysler 300
2007–2008 Chrysler Aspen
Dodge 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

Ford

2004 Ford Ranger

2005–2006 Ford GT

2005–2007 Ford Mustang

General Motors

2003–2005 Pontiac Vibe

2005 Saab 9-2X

Honda

 

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

Infiniti

 

2001–2004 Infiniti I30/I35

2002–2003 Infiniti QX4

2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Lexus

2002–2005 Lexus SC

Mazda

 

2003–2007 Mazda6

2006–2007 MazdaSpeed6

2004–2008 Mazda RX-8

2004–2005 Mazda MPV

2004 Mazda B-Series Truck

Nissan

 

2001–2003 Nissan Maxima

2001–2004 Nissan Pathfinder

2002–2004 Nissan Sentra

Subaru

 

2003–2005 Subaru Baja

2003–2005 Subaru Legacy

2003–2005 Subaru Outback

2003–2005 Subaru Baja

2004–2005 Subaru Impreza

Toyota

 

2003–2004 Toyota Corolla

2003–2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix

2002–2004 Toyota Sequoia

2003–2004 Toyota Tundra

If you see your make and model on this list or want to know if your vehicle is affected because of defective Takata air bags, you can contact the manufacturer of your vehicle. Automakers have dedicated recall websites, linked above in the chart. Go to the appropriate site for your car and type in your Vehicle Identification Number, found at the base of your vehicle's windshield on the driver's side. If your vehicle is affected, the site will provide detailed instructions on how to proceed. The recall notices can also be reviewed at SaferCar.gov.

This recall has had several updates, and more cars may be added to the recall. Check back at the above link regularly to see whether your vehicle has been added.

Depending on which vehicle you own, the replacement components may be currently available, or require you to wait. Some automakers have different temporary solutions until the replacement part arrives. Please contact your local dealer’s service department to find out when it can perform the service, and learn what you can do in the meantime.

In addition, you may contact the NHTSA Safety Hotline for more information: 888-327-4236.

Recall investigations most commonly start with consumer complaints. If you have a safety-related problem with your vehicle, be sure to alert NHTSA.

—George Kennedy


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