Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Takata Air Bag Recall, Including a Complete List of the Affected Automobiles
There has been a major recall of more than 100 million vehicles due to serious problems with the front airbags on the driver’s and/or passenger’s side. The recall involves Takata® brand airbags and involves cars from 2000-2017.
It was discovered that the affected airbags have the potential to violently explode, even in low-speed collisions. The major issue is that the propellant in the airbag’s inflator can become unstable, and if the housing should rupture during a crash, the metal shrapnel could shoot into the passenger cabin and cause severe injuries or even death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the problem occurs with airbags which were manufactured with ammonium nitrate-based propellants. Moisture in the air, high temperatures, and age are contributing factors that can cause the airbags to fail.
At the present time, a total of at least 10 deaths and over 100 injuries have resulted from the defect in the United States alone.
Affected (Recalled) Vehicles
At this point, the list of recalled automobiles has grown to nearly 70 million total vehicles. Over two dozen manufacturers have issued recalls related to Takata airbags, including: Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Fisker, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2013-2016 Acura ILX
- 2013-2014 Acura ILX hybrid
- 2003-2006 Acura MDX
- 2007-2016 Acura RDX
- 2005-2012 Acura RL
- 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL
- 2002-2003, 2009-2014 Acura TL
- 2009-2014 Acura TSX
- 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
- 2006-2013 Audi A3
- 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant/Sedan
- 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
- 2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant
- 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan
- 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet
- 2009-2012, 2015 Audi Q5
- 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet
- 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan
- 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant
- 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet
- 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan
- 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet
- 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan
- 2016 Audi TT
- 2017 Audi R8
- 1 Series
- 2008-2013 BMW 128i, 135i, M
- 3 Series
- 2000 BMW 323i, 328i
- 2001-2013 BMW M3
- 2002-2006 BMW 325Ci
- 2002-2006 BMW 330Ci
- 2002-2003 BMW 325iT
- 2002-2003 BMW 325XiT
- 2006-2012 BMW 325XiT
- 2001-2011 BMW 325i, 325Xi
- 2006-2013 BMW 328i, 328Xi, 328i xDrive
- 2001-2011 BMW 330i, 330Xi
- 2006-2013 BMW 335i, 335Xi, 335 xDrive
- 2009-2011 BMW 335d
- 2007-2013 BMW 335is
- 5 Series
- 2002-2003 BMW 525i, 530i, 540i
- 2002-2003 BMW M5
- 2011-2015 BMW X1 sDrive 28i, xDrive28i, xDrive30i
- 2007-2013 BMW X3
- 2003 BMW X5 3.0i, X5 4.4i
- 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive30i, xDrive35i, xDrive48i, xDrive50i, M
- 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d
- 2008-2014 BMW X6 xDrive35i, xDrive50i, M
- 2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid
- 2015 Buick LaCrosse
- 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV (passenger side airbag)
- 2015 Cadillac XTS
- 2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
- 2015 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2015 Chevrolet Equinox
- 2015 Chevrolet Malibu
- 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen (passenger side airbag)
- 2005-2015 Chrysler 300 (passenger side airbag)
- 2006-2008 Chrysler Crossfire
- 2005-2010 Chrysler SRT8
- 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger (passenger side airbag)
- 2005-2015 Dodge Charger (passenger side airbag)
- 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota (passenger side airbag)
- 2004-2009 Dodge Durango (passenger side airbag)
- 2005-2010 Dodge Magnum (passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 1500 (passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 (passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 (passenger side airbag)
- 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500 (passenger side airbag)
- 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 5500 (passenger side airbag)
- 2006-2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500
- 2006-2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500
- 2007-2014 Dodge Freightliner Sprinter 2500
- 2007-2014 Dodge Freightliner Sprinter 3500
- 2008-2009 Sterling/Bullett 4500
- 2008-2009 Sterling/Bullett 5500
- 2012-2017 Ferrari FF (passenger side airbag)
- 2009-2014 Ferrari California (passenger side airbag)
- 2015-2017 Ferrari California T (passenger side airbag)
- 2013-2017 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (passenger side airbag)
- 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 TdF (passenger side airbag)
- 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia (passenger side airbag)
- 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale (passenger side airbag)
- 2010-2011 Ferrari 458 Italia (passenger side airbag)
- 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB (passenger side airbag)
- 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider (passenger side airbag)
- 2016-2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso (passenger side airbag)
- 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari (passenger side airbag)
- 2012 Fisker Karma
- 2004-2011 Ford Ranger (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2005-2006 Ford GT (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2005-2014 Ford Mustang (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2006-2012 Ford Fusion (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2010 Ford Edge (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2013 GMC Sierra 1500 (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2013 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
- 2007-2014 GMC Yukon (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL (passenger side airbag)
- 2015 GMC Terrain
- 2001-2012 Honda Accord
- 2010-2015 Honda Crosstour
- 2001-2011 Honda Civic
- 2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
- 2002-2011, 2016 Honda CR-V
- 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
- 2003-2011 Honda Element
- 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
- 2007-2013 Honda Fit
- 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
- 2010-2014 Honda Insight
- 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
- 2003-2015 Honda Pilot
- 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline (driver side airbag)
- 2006-2010 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing (motorcycle)
- 2003-2008 Infiniti FX35/FX45 (passenger side airbag)
- 2006-2010 Infiniti M35/M45 (passenger side airbag)
- 2001 Infiniti I30 (passenger side airbag)
- 2002-2004 Infiniti I35 (passenger side airbag)
- 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4 (passenger side airbag)
- 2009-2015 Jaguar XF (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2012 Lexus ES (passenger side airbag)
- 2010-2017 Lexus GX (passenger side airbag)
- 2006-2011 Lexus IS, including IS F (passenger side airbag)
- 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C, IS350C
- 2002-2010 Lexus SC430 (passenger side airbag)
- 2015-2017 Lexus GX460
- 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX (passenger side airbag)
- 2004-2009 Mazda B-Series Truck (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2011 Mazda6 (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7 (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2015 Mazda CX-9 (passenger side airbag)
- 2006-2007 MazdaSpeed6 (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2004-2006 Mazda MPV (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8 (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2016-2017 McLaren 570
- 2015-2016 McLaren 650S
- 2016 McLaren 675LT
- 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
- 2011-2015 McLaren P1
- 2009-2010 Mercedes ML320 Diesel (driver side airbag)
- 2009-2011 Mercedes ML350 (driver side airbag)
- 2010-2011 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid (driver side airbag)
- 2009-2011 Mercedes ML550 (driver side airbag)
- 2009-2011 Mercedes ML63 AMG (driver side airbag)
- 2009-2010 Mercedes GL320 Diesel (driver side airbag)
- 2011-2012 Mercedes GL350 Diesel (driver side airbag)
- 2009-2012 Mercedes GL450 (driver side airbag)
- 2009-2012 Mercedes GL550 (driver side airbag)
- 2009-2010 Mercedes R320 Diesel (driver side airbag)
- 2009-2012 Mercedes R350 (driver side airbag)
- 2007-2008 Mercedes SLK280 (driver side airbag)
- 2007-2008 Mercedes SLK350 (driver side airbag)
- 2007-2008 Mercedes SLK55 AMG (driver side airbag)
- 2010-2012 Mercedes GLK350 (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2011 Mercedes SLS (passenger side airbag)
- 2012-2014 Mercedes SLS (driver side airbag)
- 2010-2011, 2016-2017 Mercedes E350, E550 (driver side airbag)
- 2010-2011, 2016-2017 Mercedes E350 Coupe, E550 Coupe (passenger side airbag)
- 2011, 2016-2017 Mercedes E350 Cabrio, E550 Cabrio (passenger side airbag)
- 2010-2011, 2016-2017 Mercedes E63 AMG (driver side airbag)
- 2005-2007 Mercedes C230 (driver side airbag)
- 2005 C320 Kompressor
- 2008-2011 Mercedes C300 (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2008-2011 Mercedes C300, C300 4Matic (driver and/or passenger side airbag)
- 2005 Mercedes C320 (driver side airbag)
- 2006-2007 Mercedes C350 (driver side airbag)
- 2008-2011 Mercedes C350 (passenger side airbag)
- 2009-2011 Mercedes C63 AMG (passenger side airbag)
- 2006-2011 Mercury Milan (passenger side airbag)
- 2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer
- 2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
- 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
- 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider
- 2016-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
- 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima (passenger side airbag)
- 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder (passenger side airbag)
- 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra (passenger side airbag)
- 2007-2012 Nissan Versa (passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2007, 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe
- 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x (passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2011 Saab 9-3
- 2006-2011 Saab 9-5
- 2008-2009 Saturn Astra
- 2008-2011 Scion xB (passenger side airbag)
- 2015 Scion xB
- 2003-2006 Subaru Baja (passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2011 Subaru Forester (passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2005, 2009-2014 Subaru Legacy (passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2005, 2009-2014 Subaru Outback (passenger side airbag)
- 2004-2014 Subaru Impreza, including WRX/STi (passenger side airbag)
- 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca (passenger side airbag)
- 2012-2016 Tesla Model S
- 2010-2011, 2015-2016 Toyota 4Runner
- 2003-2007, 2009-2013 Toyota Corolla (passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2007, 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix (passenger side airbag)
- 2004-2005 Toyota RAV4
- 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna (passenger side airbag)
- 2002-2007 Toyota Sequoia (passenger side airbag)
- 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra (passenger side airbag)
- 2006-2012 Toyota Yaris (passenger side airbag)
- 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
- 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
- 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
- 2010-2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
- 2006-2010, 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
- 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan
- 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
As the list of recalled vehicles seem to keep growing almost every week, we strongly advise you to periodically check your vehicle’s recall status by entering your VIN into this NHTSA website.
Reports of Fatalities
In late March of 2016, a 17 year-old driver was killed as a result of an injury that occurred when the airbag in the 2002 Honda Civic deployed following a minor rear end collision. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department attributed the death to shrapnel that exited the airbag and cut the woman’s neck and carotid artery.
Federal regulators reported that a man died in December of 2015 when a Takata airbag exploded while he was driving. This was the 10th death related to these defective airbags.
A 35-year-old man was killed after a crash in Houston. During the crash the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured. Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the man’s death. However, they have reported he received recall notification but failed to make the repairs.
The above incidents are only a few of the fatalities that have occurred because of these defective airbags. Vehicles are still being added to the list of recalls, so it is essential for consumers to make sure they follow the latest information.
Important Updates on the Takata Airbag Recall
July 21st, 2016: General Motors said on Thursday that it may be forced by US regulators to recall another 4.3 million vehicles for potentially defective Takata air bag inflators.
June 30th, 2016: The NHTSA has announced that seven Honda and Acura models from 2001–2003 pose the highest failure rate among all of the recalled vehicles (as much of a 50% chance of airbag inflator rupture). These vehicles are identified as:
- The 2001-2002 Honda Civic and Accord
- The 2002 CR-V and Odyssey
- The 2002–2003 Acura TL
- The 2003 Honda Pilot and Acura CL
There are still reportedly ~313,000 of these vehicles which still use the defective inflators.
June 14, 2016: Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Volkswagen confirmed which new vehicles contain the Takata airbags with the ammonium nitrate-based propellant.
June 2, 2016: By this time Audi, Jaguar/Land Rover, BMW, General Motors, and Mercedes Benz have added an additional 2.5 million U.S. vehicles to the original list of models that were equipped with defective Takata airbags.
June 1, 2016: By this time, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen already confirmed some new vehicles they were selling included Takata’s ammonium nitrate-based propellant in both the driver and passenger airbag inflators. There was no drying agent included. There is the necessity for these vehicles to be recalled by 2018.
May 4, 2016: This massive recall of Takata airbags has more than doubled in size, especially with NHTSA announcing an expansion of the recall that will include 35 to 40 million airbag inflators expected to be replaced through 2019. According to NHTSA a total of 8,168,860 have already been replaced.
April 13, 2016: Regulators have stated a total of 85 million unrecalled Takata airbag inflators that are potentially defective will need to be recalled. The recall has already included 28.8 million airbags in the United States.
April 7, 2016: The 10th U. S. victim was a 17-year-old Texas girl who had been driving a 2002 Honda Civic. Shrapnel from the exploding airbag that struck her neck was listed as the cause of death.
February 12, 2016: The NHTSA expanded the list of models that were affected by the defective airbags.
December 23, 2015: NHTSA reported another fatality in the U. S. resulting from the potentially hazardous Takata airbag inflator. This fatality brought to light the need for consumers to take care of the recall as soon as possible. Changes to the official list of vehicles that were affected were also reflected.
November 3, 2015: NHTSA imposed a penalty that could be as high as $200 million against Takata. Takata also must phase out the manufacturing and sale of inflators that include ammonium nitrate such as those already included in the recall.
June 19, 2015: Both NHTSA and Honda have confirmed that an eighth fatality was caused by a rupture in a Takata airbag. The car was a 2001 Honda Civic and had been subject to recall since 2009. It was a rental vehicle and the owners and small rental company had not made the effort to take the car in for repairs.
June 17, 2015: NHTSA updated its VIN lookup tool to reflect all the models that were affected.
June 16, 2015: Toyota added 1,365,000 more vehicles to the recall when it expanded the years on previously reported models.
June 15, 2015: Honda expanded its recall on the Honda Accord nationally. Also on this date NHTSA and Honda confirmed a seventh death was caused by the Takata airbag. The vehicle was a 2005 Honda Civic whose driver suffered fatal injuries after a crash.
June 4, 2015: Reuters reported at least 400,000 airbag inflators that were already replaced must be recalled and replaced again.
May 29, 2015: Subaru, General Motors, Mitsubishi, and Chrysler added vehicle identification numbers to affected vehicles on their recall websites.
May 28, 2015: NHTSA and vehicle manufacturers reported the additional models that were affected by previous recall announcements.
February 20, 2015: NHTSA fined to Takata $14,000 daily for its failure to fully cooperate with the agency’s investigation into the problems with the airbags.
January 18, 2015: The fifth person in the United States lost their life in what was believed to be an exploding airbag inflator.
December 18, 2014: Ford issued a public statement it added an additional 447,310 vehicles to the current recall.
December 9, 2014: Honda issued a statement confirming its compliance with NHTSA. It and also expanded its recall nationally which made the total number of affected Honda/Acura vehicle models to 5.4 million.
November 18, 2014: NHTSA announced the recalls must be expanded to a national level.
November 7, 2014: A report published in the New York Times claimed Takata knew about dangerous defects with its airbags many years before it notified federal regulators.