10 Automakers Hit Worst By Takata Airbag Recall

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The U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA) has its hands full once again. Airbags from Japanese supplier Takata have been deemed defective in more than 7.75 million vehicles sold in the United States beginning in the 2000 model year and ending with vehicles wearing a 2008 badge. NHTSA officials released an updated and corrected list of affected vehicles on October 22 with the suggestion owners “act immediately” to correct a problem that has resulted in injury and death in a least two cars.

High humidity may cause Takata airbags in the affected vehicles to explode and send shrapnel hurtling toward drivers. Auto regulators are stressing particular urgency for drivers in tropical climates like that in the Gulf states, Hawaii, and island territories under U.S. control. At press time, 10 major automakers were involved, with the overwhelming majority from Japanese automakers that sourced products from Tokyo-based Takata. Here’s the list of automakers affected, from lowest to highest volume, along with the recalled vehicles.

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10. Mitsubishi

Thus far, the NHTSA has identified 11,985 Mitsubishi vehicles that are potentially affected by the recall of cars with Takata airbags. Vehicle recall notices will be posted on Safercar.gov as they are confirmed. Owners of Mitsubishi vehicles from the time period are recommended to check back periodically to see if the NHTSA has added a specific vehicle. Here are the two models currently affected.

  • 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer
  • 2006-2007 Mitsubishi Raider

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9. Subaru

At least 17,516 Subaru vehicles are named in the recall as potentially affected, including some of the automaker’s most popular vehicles. Performance sedans wearing the 2004 and 2005 Impreza badge (e.g., Impreza WRX and Impreza WRX STI) are potentially affected, as is the discontinued Baja.

  • 2003-2005 Baja
  • 2003-2005 Legacy
  • 2003-2005 Outback
  • 2004-2005 Impreza

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8. Ford

So far, at least 58,669 Ford vehicles have been entered on the recall list for defective Takata airbags. The list includes the limited-edition GT supercar that appeared in the 2005 and 2006 model years, and continues to be among the most valuable U.S. automobiles at auction. Ford’s signature Mustang was not spared in the current recall, either.

  • 2004 Ranger
  • 2005-2006 GT
  • 2005-2007 Mustang

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7. Mazda

At least 64,872 Mazda vehicles were included in the latest “potentially affected” list, which may include automobiles counted twice by the NHTSA. Worth noting is the fact only an estimated 10% of about 7.8 million vehicles with defective Takata airbags have been fixed. These Mazda models have been recalled.

  • 2003-2007 Mazda6
    2006-2007 Mazda Speed6
    2004-2008 Mazda RX-8
    2004 -2005 MPV
    2004 B-Series Truck

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6. General Motors

Though the exact number of recalled General Motors vehicles has not been finalized, several have already been cited for Takata airbag problems in 2014. Included in the group are the Chevy Cruze from model years 2013 and 2014, in addition to other models by GMC, Chevy, Saab, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Cadillac dating back to as early as 2003. The NHTSA has listed two GM models in the current recall, but Car and Driver counted at least 150,000 cars with Takata airbag defects on the road. Only two cars have been named in the current NHTSA announcement.

  • 2003-2005 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2005 Saab 9-2X

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5. Chrysler

The Chrysler Group has 371,309 potentially affected vehicles on the recalled list for Takata airbag issues. Included were Dodge Ram pickups from six model years, ranging from light-duty to heavy-duty trucks. Ram pickups have been one of the most recalled vehicles of the past 25 years.

  • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005-2008 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008 Dodge Ram 5500
  • 2005-2008 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-2008 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005-2008 Chrysler 300
  • 2007-2008 Chrysler Aspen
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4. BMW

Seven model years of BMW 3 Series cars were included in the NHTSA’s recall of vehicles with defective Takata airbags. BMW has 627,615 potentially affected vehicles on the list to date, including the M3 sport coupe and convertible from six model years.

  • 2000-2005 3 Series Sedan
  • 2000-2006 3 Series Coupe
  • 2000-2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
  • 2000-2006 3 Series Convertible
  • 2001-2006 M3 Coupe
  • 2001-2006 M3 Convertible
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3. Nissan

Automakers based in Japan rounded out the top three on the Takata airbag recall. The NHTSA counted 694,626 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles sold in the U.S. as potentially affected in its October 22 list. Nissan announced on October 23 that its global recall with Takata airbags would increase by 260,000 vehicles, though few (if any) were sold to consumers in the U.S. or its territories.

  • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
  • 2001-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002-2004 Nissan Sentra
  • 2001-2004 Infiniti I30/I35
  • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
  • 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

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2. Toyota

Corolla, one of the world’s best-selling nameplates, was listed among the Takata airbag recalls for four model years, which likely constitutes the majority of the cars headed back to Toyota service centers. The total number of Toyota vehicles is currenly 877,000. That figures represents the following five vehicles as well as several models of the Pontiac Vibe that Toyota manufactured for GM during the period in question.

  • 2002-2005 Lexus SC
  • 2002-2005 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003-2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2002-2005 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003-2005 Toyota Tundra

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1. Honda

Of all the automakers, Honda will be regretting its partnership with Takata most. More than 5 million Honda and Acura vehicles (nearly two-thirds of the total) have been named by the NHTSA as potentially affected in its massive Takata airbag recall. The current total is 5,051,364, though there may be vehicles that were counted twice and more vehicles to come as the investigation continues. Since 1990, nearly 9 million Accords have been recalled for various reasons. Here are the 10 nameplates with potentially defective Takata airbags, stretching over seven model years, starting in 2001.

  • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2007 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL/CL
  • 2005-Acura RL