Automakers Recall 1.7M Cars for Potentially Deadly Air Bag Inflators

Marco Green
February 10, 2019

According to the Associated Press, a further 1.7 million vehicles with the potentially faulty airbag inflators are the focus of this latest campaign wave, including models from Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Daimler Vans, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari.

This recall covers both driver- and passenger-side front airbag inflators, and is part of the effort by NHTSA and automakers to space out the replacement of Takata airbag inflators based on the risk to drivers and passengers. Earlier rounds include Toyota, Honda, and Ford models.

About 1.7 million vehicles need to replace air bag inflators made by the Japanese company Takata. Mercedes is calling back 288,779 cars from model years 2010 to 2017. Tesla singled out examples of the Model S manufactured from 2014 to 2016. Only 27.2 million of those had been replaced by the end of 2018, meaning millions of motorists are still driving a vehicle equipped with an airbag inflator that's directly linked to over 20 deaths worldwide. About 10 million inflators are being recalled in the USA this year.

To find out if your vehicle is being recalled, go to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website.

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