Last week, more than half a dozen automakers added another 1.5 million vehicles to the growing list of cars recalled to fix faulty Takata air bags.
The issue is the same as other Takata airbag recalls and it affects both driver- and passenger-side air bags, depending on vehicles. Air bag inflators made by Japanese automotive supplier Takata may explode in the event of a crash if they have been exposed to long-term humidity or temperature cycling. The exploding inflator could spray occupants with shrapnel and cause serious injury or death. So far, 15 U.S. drivers have died due to the faulty air bags and 250 have been injured.
Below are the latest vehicles now subject to the Takata air bag recall:
6,523 Audi vehicles
266,044 BMW vehicles
288,779 Mercedes-Benz vehicles
826,144 Subaru vehicles
68,637 Tesla vehicles
112,871 Volkswagen vehicles
Over 11,000 Ferrari models are also part of the latest round of Takata air bag recalls.
Each automaker will replace the air bag inflators at no charge to customers. Owners will receive notification from the companies when dealers have the necessary parts to replace the faulty inflators, most by the middle of this year.
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