Takata airbag recall keeps blowing up

Takata airbag recall keeps blowing up

Airbag manufacturer Takata’s disastrous run isn’t getting any better, with more brands added to the biggest recall in automotive history – now in the region of 59 million vehicles.

Australian vehicles affected number around 90,000 since the recall of vehicles fitted with faulty airbags or airbag components began in April 2013, steadily adding more makes and models since then.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia this week announced that it is recalling both sedan and wagon variants of CH Lancer, plus CY and CZ Lancer Evolution from between June 2003 and December 2008.

There are now so many cars on Takata’s list of shame that it’s almost easier to list those not carrying the faulty equipment.

Around 5.63 million Dodge and Ram vehicles have been pulled back in the US alone, plus 1.3 million Fords and nearly 3 million Toyotas.

A defective inflator and propellant device might not deploy correctly in a crash, shooting metal fragments into the cabin and its passengers.

Takata initially claimed propellants were mishandled and improperly stored, which caused excessive pressure, causing the metal inflators to burst. It then blamed humid weather in June this year, and added more names to the list.

New agency Reuters reviewed documents in which Takata allegedly admits rust, bad welds and even a piece of chewing gum dropped into an inflator. The documents – part of a study due to go to the NHTSA for a final official finding – also show that its factory in Mexico had a defect rate six to seven times above acceptable limits.

Bad bags: The full list

Acura: 2002–2003 TL; 2003 CL; 2003–2006 MDX; 2005 Acura RL

BMW: 2000–2006 3-series sedan and wagon; 2002–2006 3-series coupe and convertible; 2001–2006 M3 coupe and convertible; 2002–2003 5-series and M5; 2003–2004 X5

Chevrolet : 2007–2008 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Chrysler: 2005–2010 Chrysler 300; 2007–2008 Aspen

Daimler: 2006–2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500 and 3500; 2006–2008 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500

Dodge/Ram: 2003–2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2005–2010 Charger and Magnum; 2005–2011 Dakota; 2004–2008 Durango; 2003–2009 Ram 2500 and 3500; 2008–2010 Challenger, Ram 4500, and Ram 5500

Ford: 2004–2006 Ranger; 2005–2006 GT; 2005–2014 Mustang

GMC: 2007–2008 GMC Sierra HD

Honda: 2001–2007 Accord (four-cylinder); 2001–2002 Accord (V-6); 2001–2005 Civic; 2002–2006 CR-V; 2002–2004 Odyssey; 2003–2005 Civic Hybrid; 2003–2011 Element; 2003–2008 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline

Infiniti: 2002–2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002–2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45; 2006 Infiniti M35/M45

Lexus: 2002–2007 SC430

Mazda: 2003–2008 Mazda 6; 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004–2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004–2005 MPV; 2004–2006 B-series

Mitsubishi: 2004–2006 Lancer and Lancer Evolution; 2006–2010 Raider

Nissan: 2002–2003 Maxima; 2002–2004 Pathfinder; 2002–2006 Nissan Sentra

Pontiac: 2003–2007 Vibe

Saab: 2005 9-2X

Subaru: 2003–2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004–2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI

Toyota: 2002–2007 Toyota Sequoia; 2003–2007 Corolla and Corolla Matrix; 2003–2006 Tundra; 2004–2005 RAV4

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