I have now been blogging for approximately 3 years and it seems in the past year, we have had more recalls than I can remember. What is so amazing about so many of these recalls is they all surround the same faulty part- Takata air bags. As you know from my prior posts, the takata air bag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Six people have been killed and more than 100 injured due to the problem. Recently, NHTSA reported that Takata of Japan agreed to double the number of faulty air bags recalled to 33.8 million. The increase made it the largest auto recall in U.S. history, according to the agency.
Do you know how to tell if your car or truck is recalled? Key your VIN number at https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/. The number is stamped on the driver’s side of the dashboard near the windshield and also is on many state registration cards. Automakers are still posting recall information by number, and the task may take several days or even weeks. This past week, there were more models and numbers released by manufacturers and U.S. and Canadian safety regulations.
— Honda Motor Co.: Adds 350,000 vehicles in U.S. including 2005 Civics and 2006-2007 Accords. No vehicles added in Canada, where 705,000 were recalled previously. Vehicles now covered include 2001-2007 Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2002-2006 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2003 Acura CL, 2005 Acura RL. Even though Honda has been most exposed to Takata’s defect, most of the airbag inflators covered by Takata’s defect have already been included in previous Honda recalls and “safety improvement campaigns,” the automaker said in a statement
— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA): Adds about 2 million vehicles globally including U.S. Expansion brings total affected to 5.2 million globally. Models include 2003 Ram 1500/2500/3500, 2005-2009 Ram 2500 Pickup, 2004-2008 Ram 1500 Pickup, 2006-2009 Ram 3500 Pickup, 2007-2009 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis, 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis, 2008-2009 Sterling 4500/5500 Cab Chassis, 2004-2008 Dodge Durango, 2007-2008 Chrysler Aspen, 2005-2010 Chrysler 300/300C/SRT8, 2005-2010 Dodge Charger/Magnum, 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota, 2006-2010 Mitsubishi Raider. The company said it is unaware of any injuries or accidents involving the additional vehicles.
— BMW AG: Adds about 280,000 vehicles in U.S. including 2002-2005 325i/325xi/330i/330xi, 2002-2005 325xi/325i Sports Wagon, 2002-2006 330Ci/325Ci/M3 Convertible, 2002-2006 325i/330i/M3 Coupe, 2002-2003 M5/540i/525i/530i, 2002-2003 540i/525i Sports Wagon, 2003-2004 X5 3.0i/4.4i Sports Activity Vehicle. U.S. total in recall is nearly 421,000 vehicles. NHTSA said BMW examined its production and manufacturing records to determine the scope of affected vehicles and converted an existing national improvement campaign into a voluntary recall, increasing the number of affected vehicles to 420,661 from 140,696, after a recent agreement between Takata and U.S. regulators.
— Ford Motor Co.: Adds nearly 967,000 vehicles to the recall, mainly in the U.S. and Canada, bringing total to just over 1.5 million. Models include 2005-2014 Mustang, 2005-2006 Ford GT, 2004-2006 Ford Rangers. Ford is aware of one injury possibly related to the faulty airbags, but has yet to see any other inflator ruptures in its vehicles on the road or in testing.
— Mitsubishi Motors North America: Expands passenger air bag recall from Gulf Coast to nationwide. Total is just under 83,000 vehicles. Models include recall to include 2004-2006 Lancer/Lancer Evolution and 2004 Lancer Sportback.
Eleven automakers have vehicles included in the Takata recall. Other companies include General Motors, Daimler Trucks, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. Nissan Motor Co. said it would not add U.S. vehicles in the latest recall expansion. Vehicles from other automakers will be announced later.