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March 6, 2020

Replacement Takata airbags recalled

Airbag manufacturer Takata Corp., announced yet another major recall of 10 million potentially defective airbag inflators, the latest in a series that amounted to the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

Injuries continue to be reported related to Takata’s deadly exploding airbag inflators. Defective airbags have been linked to at least 25 deaths and more than 290 injuries worldwide. NHTSA continues to investigate whether the recall should be expanded to include additional vehicles.

This latest recall now includes devices issued as temporary replacements for faulty airbags originally recalled starting in 2014 and ongoing. The replacements were intended to be temporary to install new airbags while Takata worked to develop a permanent fix for the violent and overly aggressive airbag deployments and ruptures that sent metal shrapnel flying into vehicle cabins. Some of the devices were never installed, Takata claims. U.S. owners in southern states are particularly at risk as warm humid climates are believed to exacerbate the defect. 

Automakers included in this airbag recall

According to the company, the devices included in the recall were sold to 14 automakers across the globe:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Daimler Vans
  • Ferrari
  • Fiat Chrysler
  • Ford
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

Affected automakers are expected to issue their own recalls after determining which vehicle models are affected.

So far, Subaru has already announced a recall of nearly 500,000 vehicles between the 2003 and 2014 model years. Affected Subaru vehicles include:

  • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
  • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
  • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
  • 2004-2014 Subaru WRX

The latest Takata recall came as part of an agreement the company made with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in response to its airbag scandal, which affected roughly 100 million vehicles worldwide.

To determine whether your vehicle is included in the recall, periodically enter the vehicle’s VIN at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls as new recalls are announced. A vehicle’s VIN, 17 characters, may be found on the lower left side of the windshield or on the registration card.

If you suspect you or a loved one was injured or tragically killed a Takata airbag, you may reach Kevin Dean and John David O’Neill by email or call 1-800-768-4026 for more information.