Takata air bag recall becomes biggest ever in US
DETROIT (AP) - Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.
The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reached an agreement with Takata after sparring with the company for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem with millions of air bags. It will be the largest recall in the agency's history.
Many of Takata's air bags can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The air bags are responsible for six deaths worldwide and more than 100 injuries.
Ten automakers, including Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., have recalled 17 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 36 million worldwide because of the problem. Those numbers will grow by millions because of the agreement, but it's unclear which manufacturers will be most affected by the expanded recalls.
Here is a complete list of the affected vehicles as listed by caranddriver.com:
-Acura: 2002-2003 TL; 2002 CL; 2003-2006 MDX; 2005 Acura RL
-BMW (approximately 765,000): 2000-2005 3-series sedan and wagon; 2000-2006 3-series coupe and convertible; 2001-2006 M3 coupe and convertible
-Chrysler (approximately 2.88 million, including Dodge): 2004-2008 Chrysler 300; 2007-2008 Aspen
-Dodge/Ram (approximately 2.88 million, including Chrysler): 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2004-2008 Ram 2500, Dakota, and Durango; 2004-2007 Charger; 2004-2008 Ram 3500 and 4500; 2008 Ram 5500
-Ford (538,977): 2004-2005 Ranger; 2005-2006 GT; 2005-2008 Mustang
-Honda (approximately 5.5 million, including Acura): 2001-2007 Accord (four-cylinder); 2001-2002 Accord (V-6); 2001-2005 Civic; 2002-2006 CR-V; 2002-2004 Odyssey; 2003-2011 Element; 2003-2008 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline
-Infiniti: 2001-2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45; 2006 Infiniti M35/M45
-Lexus: 2002-2007 SC430
-Mazda (330,000, est): 2004-2008 Mazda 6; 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004-2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004-2005 MPV; 2004 B-series
-Mitsubishi (11,985): 2004-2005 Lancer; 2006-2007 Raider
-Nissan (approximately 1,091,000, including Infiniti): 2001-2003 Maxima; 2001-2004 Pathfinder; 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
-Pontiac: 2003-2005 Vibe
-Saab: 2005 9-2X
-Subaru (17,516): 2003-2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004-2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI
-Toyota (approximately 1,514,000, including Lexus and Pontiac Vibe): 2002-2007 Toyota Corolla and Sequoia; 2003-2007 Matrix; 2003-2006 Tundra; 2004-2005 RAV4