Seven automakers, including Honda, Nissan, Mazda, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota are recalling certain models of their vehicles due to airbags that are failing to properly deploy causing severe personal injury or even wrongful death. The faulty airbags have been attributed to inflators supplied by Takata. The faulty airbag inflators contain a defective propellant that can explode instead of causing the airbag to deploy. The National Highway Transit Safety Administration has investigated the cause of the failures and found that moisture exposure to the propellant has played a significant role. The faulty component part was discovered in April 2013, when the four large Japanese manufacturers of automobiles recalled 3.4 million vehicles. The issue has recurred in June 2014, when Toyota announced a recall for 844,277 of its vehicles in the United States.
The different automakers plan to recall different models in different high-humidity states in hopes of preventing serious incidents of personal injury or wrongful death. Areas of the country the country involved in the recalls are generally areas of high-humidity, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
BMW will be recalling a number of 3-series models from 2001-2006 for faulty driver and passenger side inflators. Chrysler will be recalling passenger side inflators in the 2006 Dodge Charger. Ford plans to recall roughly 58,669 cars including mid-2000 year Ford GT, Mustang, and Ranger. Honda plans to issue three separate recalls involving a range of mid-2000 year Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, Acura MDX, Acura TL, and Acura CL. Mazda will be recalling around 34,600 vehicles for driver and passenger side inflators, including mid-2000 year Mazda 6, Mazdaspeed6, and RX-8. Nissan is planning a recall of some 2001-2003 model year Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. Toyota plans to recall 2003-2005 model year Lexus SC430, Pontiac Vibe, Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, and Tundra.
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