WASHINGTON — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it is recalling 1.9 million vehicles worldwide for an airbag defect that is linked to three deaths and five injuries. The recall is to resolve a defect that may prevent deployment of airbags and seat-belt pretensioners in some crashes. The recall includes models …Read More »
The absolute number of recalls in Canada in connection with Takata airbags is unclear, but a Transport Canada site listing recalls from automakers adds up to more than 1.5 million vehicles.Read More »
The widespread air bag recall affecting about 3.3 million Japanese vehicles last month has apparently spread to BMW as well. BMW says it will recall about 42,000 of its 2002-3 3 Series models because a passenger side air bag defect could send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.
by Christopher Jensen
April 14, 2011
Under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford has agreed to recall an additional 1.2 million pickup trucks because the driver’s air bag may inadvertently deploy.
The models are the 2004-6 F-150s and the 2006 Lincoln Mark LT, a sibling.
In February, Ford recalled about 135,000 F-150s in the United States from the 2005-6 model years, but that was about one-tenth of the number the safety agency said should be recalled.
By CHRISTOPHER JENSEN
Ford’s recall on Wednesday of 135,000 F-150 pickup trucks, conducted because the driver’s air bag may inadvertently deploy, could be seen as a laudable act of corporate responsibility. But for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has called for 10 times as many vehicles to be recalled, it is a rebuff and a challenge.
The agency says its investigation into 1.3 million F-150s revealed a significant number of incidents involving inadvertent air-bag deployments, the largest such number “in N.H.T.S.A. history.”
by Christopher Jensen
More than three years after Toyota first learned that its curtain-shield air bags could deploy without a crash, the automaker is recalling almost 308,000 sport utility vehicles.
The recall covers about 214,000 RAV4s from the 2007-8 model years and 94,000 Highlander and Highlander hybrids from 2008, the automaker informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday.