BMW, Chrysler Announce Takata Nationwide Recall PlansDecember 23, 2014
Automakers BMW and Chrysler announced Takata nationwide recalls for all vehicles containing the Japanese airbags. BMW and Chrysler follow Ford, Honda and Mazda as automakers with plans for Takata nationwide recalls. The nationwide recalls follow recommendations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on expanding the earlier regional recall notices. The previous Takata airbag recalls focused on regions with high humidity, such as Florida and areas along the Gulf Coast.
Fatal Accidents Prompt Takata Nationwide Recalls
The NTHSA initially called for a limited recall on vehicles with Takata airbags after reports of fatal accidents in humid regions. An investigation showed that the checmial used in the inflation system could become volatile in humid conditions. The volatile chemical would cause metal and plastic shards from the airbag assembly to injure or kill drivers and front-side passengers. When later reports showed similar accidents outside the Southern states affected by high humidity, the NTHSA expanded the announcement to include a Takata nationwide recall of all affected vehicles.
BMW Takata Nationwide Recall Includes 140,000 Vehicles
The BMW announcement of the Takata nationwide recall would include 140,000 of its 3 Series vehicles. The vehicles affected by the Takata nationwide recall were manufactured in the U.S. from 2004 to 2006. Vehicle owners will receive replacement driver-side front airbags. Despite reports of at least five deaths and numerous injuries related to the Takata airbags, BMW reported that none of its vehicles were involved in the fatal accidents.
Chrysler Expands Takata Nationwide Recall
American automaker Chrysler, now known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, has expanded its Takata nationwide recall to include nearly 3 million more vehicles. The Chrysler Takata nationwide recall includes several models made from 2004 to 2007. The models include the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 full-size sedans, as well as the Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks and the Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cabs.
Manufacturer Resists Takata Nationwide Recall
Despite the calls for a Takata nationwide recall from the NHTSA, the company still refuses to announce a full recall. The company is still working on replacement parts to fulfill the Takata nationwide recall demands of their automaker customers, but have yet to comply with federal mandates. A spokesman for the company says that the agency lacks the jurisdiction to force a full recall. NTHSA Deputy Administrator David J. Friedman told a news outlet that his office would consider pursuing litigation against the company to compel a full nationwide recall.
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