Takata Airbag Recalls Continue with Audi, BMW and Volkswagen Adding 1.7 Million More

February 25, 2016

More than 2.5 million German-made cars have already been recalled in the United States due to their defective Takata airbags, as of press time. This was in the wake of recalls already made by Ford, Mazda, and Honda as well as the tenth reported fatality in February 2016.

So far, the additional recalls of German vehicles totalled 1.7 million so far. Audi has recalled 170,000 of various models including 2006–2013 A3; 2006–2009 A4 cabriolet; 2010–2011 A5 cabriolet; and 2009–2012 Q5. Volkswagen has announced its recall of 680,000 vehicles specifically the 2009–2014 CC; 2010–2014 Golf; 2010–2014 Jetta SportWagen; 2012–2014 US production Passat; 2012–2014 Eos; and 2006–2010 Gernan production Passat sedan and wagon. BMW will be recalling 840,000 cars from its 2006 to 2015 production specifically 2008–2014 X6 and X6 M; 2006–2011 3-series sedan and M3; 2006–2012 3-series wagon; 2007–2013 X5 and X5 M; 2007–2013 3-series and M3 convertible and coupe; 2007–2010 X3; 2008–2013 1-series coupe and convertible; and 2013–2015 X1.

The series of recalls of vehicles with the Takata airbags have created a strong buzz in the automotive industry especially as it covered a few million vehicles with nearly two dozen brands involved. The issue lies in the defective propellent devices and inflater, which may improperly deploy during a crash and sending metal fragments into the occupants. In the United States, approximately 34 million vehicles may be affected while 7 million have already been recalled in other countries.

Initially, there were only six makes involved in April 2013 when Takata made the announcement of the defect. But when Takata made the announcement that it had little idea about which cars had its defective inflater and what the root cause for the defect was in the first place, more auto-makers issued identical recalls.

Even the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) entered the picture when it forced additional recalls in regional areas specifically in high-humidity areas, such as Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida.