Several automakers including Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari, are issuing an auto defect recall for about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators manufactured by Takata Corporation. According to an Associated Press news report, the inflators can send shrapnel flying into drivers and passengers. So far, at least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide and hundreds more were injured.
Which Vehicles Have Been Recalled?
The recalls are part of the largest series of auto defect recalls in U.S. history. About 10 million airbag inflators are being recalled nationwide this year, with as many as 70 million to be recalled by the time it all ends late next year. The problem has been tracked to the chemical ammonium nitrate, which was used by Takata in these inflators to create a small explosion to inflate the airbags. However, the chemical can deteriorate over time due to high humidity and heat. The recalls are being phased over time and managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
As part of this latest round of Takata airbag recalls, Subaru is recalling 826,144 vehicles including its popular Forester, Outback and Legacy models from 2010 to 2014. Mercedes is recalling 288,779 vehicles from the 2010 to 2017 model years. Volkswagen is recalling 119,394 Audi and Passat vehicles from the 2015 to 2017 model years. And BMW is recalling 266,044 vehicles from the 2000 to 2004 model years and the 2007 to 2015 model years.
If you own one of these vehicle makes and models, you can go to NHTSA’s website and enter your 17-digit vehicle identification number to find out whether your vehicle has been recalled for this specific auto defect. As of December, vehicle manufacturers have recalled over 50 million inflators of which they have replaced a little over half. That leaves millions of vehicles whose defective airbag inflators have yet to be replaced, putting millions of consumers in danger. Ford, Honda, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota have already released their 2019 Takata recalls, which add up to more than 5 million vehicles.
Auto Product Liability Issues
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of these dangerous and defective autos and auto products, please contact an experienced auto defect attorney who is currently handling Takata airbag lawsuits to obtain more information about your legal rights and options. You may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.