Exhaustive List of Takata Airbag Recalls
May 29, 2015
USA Today – Automakers were adding millions of cars Thursday to their official lists of models recalled because of potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will add another 1.4 million vehicles globally. Honda announced the addition of 350,000 in the U.S. And BMW added 420,100, also in the U.S.
That’s likely just the start. Eleven automakers in the U.S. have been caught in the Takata air bag recalls, and it’s likely more will add recall details as they figure them out.
The action came as a followup to last week’s announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it was nearly doubling the number of vehicles included in the Takata recall to 33.8 million.
At the time, NHTSA said it knew the grand total but did not have a list of the individual models. The task of determining the additional models was left up to automakers, which have been scrambling ever since.
Air bags made by Japan’s Takata are deemed dangerous because their inflators can explode when they deploy in a crash, sending shards of metal or plastic at drivers or passengers. They have been blamed for six deaths, all in Hondas. The problem appears to be worse in states with high humidity.
The confusion isn’t over. Honda said that even though it knows the models involved and grand totals, it is now trying find out whether they may have been registered in any of the states considered to have high humidity that could make the air bags deploy in a more dangerous way. It will take “several weeks” to determine a more specific list, Honda said.
Honda had previously recalled its 350,000 vehicles to fix driver’s side air bags. Now the same cars are coming back to replace the passenger side as well.
To learn more about your legal rights and options as a victim of a Takata airbag defect, please contact Atlee Hall, LLP today for a free consultation. We have offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but help victims across the state.