German Automakers Expand Takata Airbag RecallsFebruary 15, 2016
The “Big Three” of German automakers announced that they would expand their Takata airbag recalls by a combined 2.5 million vehicles. Daimler AG, makers of the Mercedes-Benz line of luxury vehicles, and BMW each announced that they would recall 840,000 vehicles with the defective airbags. Volkswagen quickly followed by stating it would recall 850,000 vehicles. The newest announcements add to the record-setting number of Takata airbag recalls among German, American, and Japanese automakers.
History of Takata Airbag Recalls
Reports of exploding airbag inflation systems spurred the demand for Takata airbag recalls. Investigators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the gas used to inflate the airbags could become highly volatile in humid conditions. At least ten drivers, nine of them Americans, died when the exploding airbags launched plastic and metal shrapnel into the driver and front passenger seats. Since then, ten major automakers have issued Takata airbag recalls, covering over 24 million vehicles, one of the largest product safety recalls in American history.
New Vehicles Included in Takata Airbag Recalls
The Volkswagen recalls include 170,000 from its Audi brand of luxury sedans, with the remainder coming from its main brand. The Takata airbag recalls include:
- 2006-10 Passat
- 2012-14 Passat
- 2012-14 Eos
- 2010-14 Golf
- 2010-14 Jetta SportWagen
- 2009-14 VW CC
The latest round of BMW Takata airbag recalls cover vehicles from the 2013-15 model years, including:
- 2013-15 X1 sDrive28i
- 2013-15 X1 xDrive28i
- 2013-15 X1 xDrive35i
The Daimler Takata airbag recalls cover vehicles from the company’s Daimler Vans USA line, including:
- 2007-14 Freightliner Sprinter 2500
- 2007-14 Freightliner Sprinter 3500
- 2010-14 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
- 2010-14 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
Other Automakers Announce New Takata Airbag Recalls
Three other major manufacturers also announced expansions of their Takata airbag recalls. Honda Motor Co. stated that it would add 2.23 million U.S. vehicles to those affected by the Takata airbag recalls. The newest recalls add to Honda’s 6 million vehicles already under recall due to the defective airbags. Ford Motor Co. announced that it would recall 361,000 of its popular Ranger pickup trucks. Executives with Japanese automaker Mazda added 20,000 B-Series trucks to its airbag recall list.
A full list of all vehicles covered under the Takata airbag recalls can be found at the NHTSA web site
Costs of Takata Airbag Recalls
Shortly after the company announced its latest round of Takata airbag recalls, Daimler executives stated that they would revise their 2015 financial earnings reports. The costs of the Takata airbag recalls will reportedly set the automaker back nearly $383 million. The effect will reportedly lower the company’s net profit from $9.88 billion to $9.66 billion. The company’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) will reportedly fall from $15 billion to $14.65 billion.
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