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List of Vehicles Impacted by Airbag Recalls That May Pose Risk of Injury, Death

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Consumers, regulators and lawmakers are growing more and more concerned over the risk of severe and potentially deadly injury that may be caused by airbags used in millions of vehicles sold in the United States, leading to increased efforts to raise awareness among consumers about the importance of checking if their vehicle airbags may be on the recall list.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a public awareness campaign this week, designed to urge all owners of vehicles with recalled airbags manufactured by Takata Corp. to obtain immediate repairs, especially if they live in more humid climates, where the risk of problems may be greater.

Concerns among consumers who were checking whether their vehicle is listed with a recalled airbag caused the NHTSA website to crash earlier this week, and some lawmakers have also called for the NHTSA and auto manufacturers to come before then for hearings on the airbag problems.

At least four deaths and an unconfirmed number of severe injuries may have been caused by Takata airbags used in vehicles sold by Honda, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Toyota and other auto makers. The defective airbags may over-inflated, causing shrapnel or projectiles to be shot towards passengers at high speeds.

More than 12 million vehicles with Takata airbags have been recalled worldwide, with at least 7.8 million sold in the United States.

Airbag Recall List

According to the NHTSA’s SafeCars.org website, the following vehicles have been identified so far by manufacturers as potentially containing Takata airbags:

Honda:
2001 – 2007 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 RLBMW:
2000 – 2005 BMW 3 Series Sedan
2000 – 2006 BMW 3 Series Coupe
2000 – 2005 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 – 2006 BMW 3 Series Convertible
2001 – 2006 BMW M3 Coupe
2001 – 2006 BMW M3 Convertible

Chrysler:
2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen
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

Toyota:
2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003 – 2005 Toyota TundraNissan:
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

Ford:
2004 Ford Ranger
2005 – 2006 Ford GT
2005 – 2007 Ford Mustang

General Motors:
2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 Saab 9-2X

Mazda:
2003 – 2007 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 – 2005 Mazda MPV
2004 – Mazda B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi:
2004 – 2005 Lancer
2006 – 2007 Raider

Subaru:
2003 – 2005 Baja
2003 – 2005 Legacy
2003 – 2005 Outback
2004 – 2005 Impreza

The recent awareness campaign launched by the NHTSA was prompted by the recent death of a Florida woman, who suffered additional injuries in a fatal car crash when a Takata airbag that sent shrapnel pieces large enough to cause serious neck lacerations. According to a report by the New York Times, the lacerations to the woman’s neck were so severe, local Florida police officers initially though the woman had been stabbed. However, the medical examiner said the injuries were not the cause of her death and were only a contributing factor among a number of injuries.

NHTSA Administrator David Friedman, announced it is imperative that owners of impacted vehicles have them inspected by their dealers, especially recalled vehicles bought or registered in Alabama, American Samoa, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Saipan, Texas, and the Virgin Islands where humidity and temperatures are high enough to cause inadvertent air bag deployment.

Although the theory is not conclusive, Friedman believes that extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures has shown to be an apparent factor in the air bags unexpectedly deploying.

To further the controversy, recent documents have surfaced at Takata Corp. indicating their engineers are concerned about similar problems in vehicles as recent as 2011. Internal emails show Takata executives chastised its Montclova, Mexico manufacturing plant after a defective weld was discovered in a Takata air bag that made it from the parts supplier all the way to the manufacturer.

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