Deadly Takata airbag recall adds 1.7M more vehicles

Automakers recall 1.7 million cars with fatal airbags

Ford, Honda, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler already released their 2019 Takata recalls totaling more than 5 million vehicles.

Those vehicles are part of the largest and most complex automotive recall in USA history, covering 50 million airbag inflators in 37 million vehicles from 19 manufacturers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Luxury cars are among vehicles being recalled, including Tesla, BMW, Mercedes, and Ferrari.

Even without an accident to trigger their deployment, the inflators can fracture, spraying shrapnel into drivers and passengers. World-wide at least twenty-three people have died so far and hundreds more injured.

In the latest round, Subaru is recalling 826,144 vehicles, including various Forester, Legacy and Outback models from 2010 to 2014. The last wave of recalls is expected to be announced early in 2020. BMW is recalling 266,044 vehicles from 2000 to 2004 model years and the 2007 to 2015 model years.

Volkswagen/Audi: 119,394 vehicles from model years 2015-17.

For a complete list of recalled vehicles, check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recall page.

Daimler's van division, Tesla, and Ferrari recalled 159,689, 68,763, and 11,176 cars, respectively. Only 27.2 million of those had been replaced by the end of 2018, meaning millions of motorists are still driving a vehicle equipped with an airbag inflator that's directly linked to over 20 deaths worldwide.

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