Automakers recall 1.7 million cars with fatal airbags

Lloyd Doyle
February 10, 2019

- A major recall was announced on Friday for another 1.7 million vehicles that have Takata airbags.

The largest series of automotive recalls in US history was made Friday again because of faulty air bags made by the Takata Corporation of Japan.

Automakers have added more than 1.7 million vehicles in the the list of those that should have their Takata airbag inflators replaced.

Takata's airbag inflator debacle is far from over. At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide.

In the latest round, Subaru is recalling 826,144 vehicles, including various Forester, Legacy and Outback models from 2010 to 2014. Because the enormous, global recall is being carried out in stages, another 10 million cars are expected to be recalled later this year. Mercedes is recalling 288,779 vehicles from model years 2010 to 2017.

As of December, automakers have recalled 50.36 million inflators and replaced 27.2 million of them. Volkswagen contributed 119,394 cars to the recall, including some Audi-badged models, while BMW noted 266,044 cars made between from 2000 to 2004 and 2007 to 2015 are part of the latest campaign. Owners who want to check whether their vehicle is part of the campaign need to call their nearest dealer, or check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s official website.

Daimler Vans: 159,689 vehicles from model years 2015-17.

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