Defective air bags continue to be a problem for vehicle manufacturers. While the Takata recall is already massive, now 2.7 million additional vehicles have been added to the list of cars that need to be repaired because the air bag systems pose safety hazards. Most of the recently announced recalls are for vehicles equipped with the familiar Takata air bags, but many vehicles are being recalled for unrelated air bag issues.
Expanded Takata Recalls
Honda is recalling 2,230,000 vehicles because they are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag made by Takata that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture. This recall involves: 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2010-2014 FCX Clarity, and Insight, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2007-2014 Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles.
Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan and Audi Q5 vehicles. These 734 affected vehicles are equipped with defective driver and front seat passenger seat-mounted Takata air bag inflators that may rupture in the event of a crash.
Mazda is recalling 19,781 model year 2004-2006 B-Series trucks because they contain defective Takata air bags. If the driver side frontal air bag deploys, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Additional Air Bag Recalls
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009 Dodge Journey vehicles, 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country vehicles, and 2009 Volkswagen Routan vehicles. In the 112,001 affected vehicles, the air bag control units, made by Continental Automotive Systems, may corrode and fail.
Honda is recalling 341,444 units of model year 2008-2010 Accord vehicles. In these recalled cars, the air bag control units may corrode and fail, which can prevent the air bags from deploying in the event of a crash.