The Takata airbag recall from last week has been expanded to include new models, including Fiat Chrysler, Honda and BMW.
Takata has revised their initial number of auto’s to be recalled from 33 million to 53, with 34 million of those being in the United States.
Takata issued the recall because it was discovered that air bag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the passenger compartment; the cause is believed to be from overexposure to moisture and humidity.
Below is a list of the latest recalled models, but even if your car is not on that list you should still double check using the Takata Recall Website, which was created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
You can enter your car’s VIN (vehichle identification number) there to see if it is a part of the recall; your car’s VIN can be found on your registration or a plate visible on the windshield of the car.
Here is a list of the newest models, which were added as of Thursday (some models may overlap with previous recalls):
· 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 being recalled 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.
· Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.: Total number added unknown, but total affected now is 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.
· 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.
· Ford Motor Co.: 63,700 Mustang and GT models in Canada from 2005-2014 for driver’s side inflators. Also 29,458 Ranger pickups for front passenger inflators from 2004-2006 -U.S. numbers not released as of yet.
Eleven automakers in all have issued recalls because of this problem, including General Motors, Nissan, Subaru Daimler Trucks, Mazda, Mitsubishi,and Toyota.
If your car is affected you can go to a dealership that makes your model car to get it replaced; even if it’s not the actual dealer that sold you your car, they should still be able to help.
If your car is a discontinued brand, like a Pontaic, then any GM dealer, like Buick, should be able to help you.
If your car is affected and you are waiting on parts DO NOT disconnect the airbags- it is illegal and they do save lives.
According to a report by NBC’s Today show if you have to wait you should go to your dealer and see about getting a loaner car until the replacement parts come in.
Regulators say the faulty airbag modules will be replaced.
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