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Airbag Recall Affects 7.8M Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued airbag recall warning for more than 7.8 million vehicles. The airbag recall includes vehicles from most major American and Japanese automakers, as well as German manufacturer BMW. The notice stems from a defect found in the mechanisms that inflate the airbag. The defect can cause metal shards to be expelled when the airbags deploy. Consumer advocacy groups have reported that four people have died from injuries sustained in accidents involving the defective airbags.

Takata Airbag Recall Includes Most Major Automakers

The airbag recall targets mechanisms supplied by Takata, Inc., a major Japanese auto parts manufacturer. The models affected include vehicles from American automakers Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, as well as Japanese manufacturers such as Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. An up-to-date list of vehicles affected by the airbag recall will be included at the end of this article.

Humidity a Factor in Airbag Recall

NHTSA investigators have developed a theory that a chemical responsible for proper airbag deployment may cause system malfunctions in areas with high humidity. A spokesperson for Toyota stated that the company is working with the airbag manufacturer to measure the effects of high humidity on the airbag system. The affected manufacturers have limited the airbag recalls to vehicles in high-humidity areas, such as Florida, Hawaii and the Gulf Coast states. Vehicle owners in Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands should also check to see if they are affected by the massive airbag recall.

Serious Injuries Spur Airbag Recall

The federal safety agency issued the airbag recall warning in light of details surfacing from a September 29 accident in Orlando, Florida. Reports show that Orlando resident Hien Thi Tran suffered fatal cuts to her neck when metal fragments flew out of the airbag assembly on her 2001 Honda Accord. One police investigation determined that the metal fragments from the airbag caused the fatal wounds, while another police force still has the case under review. The 2001 Accord was one of the vehicles listed in the latest airbag recall notice.

Reporting Problems Complicate Airbag Recall

Another issue complicating the airbag recall process has been the conflicting information released by the NHTSA. The agency released a list of vehicles on Monday that included some models not affected by the airbag recall, while excluding others that contained the defective airbag assembly. The agency had also planned to have a website available to vehicle owners that allowed them to check their VIN against a list of cars affected by the airbag recall. As of October 22, the planned website was still not operational.

Source: KTRK-TV

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List of Vehicles Affected By Airbag Recall

BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles
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: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles
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
2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – Ranger
2005 – 2006 GT
2005 – 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 – Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2007 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
2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 – Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2007 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 – 2005 MPV
2004 – B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – 2005 Lancer
2006 – 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Baja
2003 – 2005 Legacy
2003 – 2005 Outback
2003 – 2005 Baja
2004 – 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra