More than a dozen automakers, including Tesla, BMW and Nissan, have agreed to recall another 652,000 vehicles equipped with faulty Takata Corp. air bag inflators. Outside of several Audi and Nissan models and one Tesla model being recalled for replacement of the vehicles’ front side passenger air bags, multiple models of Jaguar Land-Rover, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz and Daimler, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ferrari, Mazda, McLaren and Karma vehicles are also being recalled as part of the largest recall in history. The recalls are expected to begin this month.
As part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plan to roll out the replacement of the Takata air bags, which are prone to rupture and explode under certain environmental conditions and have been linked to at least 11 deaths, other automakers have announced expanded recalls in recent weeks. Toyota, for example, added 543,000 vehicles to its already substantial recall over the inflators, which now involves more than 6 million vehicles in the U.S. and many millions more internationally. I will write on Toyota below. Honda similarly announced an expansion of its Takata-related recall, adding about 772,000 of its vehicles to the millions the automaker has already recalled. All of the vehicle manufacturers are replacing the affected Takata parts with different inflators free of charge. NHTSA in May expanded the recall to cover about 40 million of the air bag parts.
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