Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata is adding 3.3 million airbag inflators to its already mammoth recall over concerns the devices are prone to explode and blast metal fragments at vehicle occupants.
Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not specify what vehicles are affected by the latest Takata airbag recall, owners can see if their vehicle is subject to the recall by entering the 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) into the NHTSA’s recall portal.
According to Consumer Reports, this latest Takata airbag recall actually encompasses three separate recalls affecting vehicles made in a specific model year by particular automakers and geographic location. Model-year 2009-2013 vehicles comprise this new round of Takata airbag recalls.
After NHTSA and Takata announced the recall expansion, Toyota and Honda announced they were recalling more than 1 million vehicles to repair or replace Takata airbags.
Toyota said it is recalling 601,000 more U.S. vehicles. Its recall covers:
- Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Scion xB, Lexus IS 250 and 350 and Lexus IS-F from the 2009, 2010 and 2013 model years;
- Toyota 4-Runner, Lexus IS 250C and 350C and Lexus GX 460 from the 2010 and 2013 model years;
- Toyota Yaris and Lexus ES 350 from the 2009 and 2010 model years;
- Toyota Sienna from the 2013 model year.
Honda said it is recalling an additional 465,000 vehicles in the U.S. from the 2009-2013 model years:
- Acura RL and Honda Accord from the 2009-2012 model years;
- Acura TSX, Honda Fit, Honda Ridgeline and Honda Pilot from the 2009-2013 model years;
- Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, Honda Element from the 2009-2011 model years;
- Honda Crosstour, Honda Insight and Acura ZDX from the 2010-2013 model years;
- Acura TSX from the 2011-2013 model years;
- Honda FCX Clarity and Honda Fit EV from the 2013 model year.
Vehicle owners affected by the latest recall will also be notified by automakers at a later date, with instructions on what to do to get their Takata airbag units repaired or replaced.
NHTSA, automakers, and Takata have been coordinating the massive recall by rolling out the recalls incrementally. More than 46 million airbags in about 34 million U.S. vehicles are currently under recall. Vehicles with the highest risk of airbag malfunction are prioritized based on model year, automaker, and geographic location. Older cars, particularly Hondas, in regions of high heat and humidity have top priority.
NHTSA warns that the Takata airbag recall – already the largest automotive recall in U.S. history – will continue to expand throughout the next two years. By December 2019, the Takata airbag recall is expected to encompass about 70 million U.S. vehicles.
NHTSA and vehicle manufacturers urge the public to get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible; the recall repair is free.