NHTSA Issues Urgent Recall For Takata-Equipped Vehicles In Humid Climes

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

If you happen to own certain BMW, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Nissan vehicles, and reside in a humid climate, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging you to take it in for repairs linked to the Takata airbags installed.

Though the agency didn’t explain exactly the need for urgency, the airbags made by Takata have been linked to humidity-related failures, where upon detonation, metal shrapnel would be sprayed into the cabin, injuring or killing all within.

Owners of the following affected vehicles may need to bring their vehicles in for repairs if they call Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands or Hawaii home:

Toyota: 778,177 total number of vehicles potentially affected


2002 – 2004 Lexus SC


2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla


2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix


2002 – 2004 Toyota Sequoia


2003 – 2004 Toyota Tundra


2003 – 2004 Pontiac Vibe

Honda: 2,803,214 total number of potentially affected vehicles


2001 – 2007 Honda Accord (4 cyl)


2001 – 2002 Honda Accord (6 cyl)


2001 – 2005 Honda Civic


2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V


2003 – 2011 Honda Element


2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey


2003 -2007 Honda Pilot


2006 Honda Ridgeline


2003 – 2006 Acura MDX


2002 -2003 Acura TL/CL

Nissan: 437,712 total number of potentially affected vehicles


2001 2003 Nissan Maxima


2001 – 2003 Nissan Pathfinder


2002 – 2003 Nissan Sentra


2001 – 2003 Infiniti I30/I35


2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4


2003 Infiniti FX

Mazda: 18,050 total number of potentially affected vehicles


2003 – 2004 Mazda6


2004 Mazda RX-8

BMW: 573,935 total number of potentially affected vehicles


2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan


2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe


2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon


2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible


2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe


2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible

General Motors: 133,221 total number potentially affected vehicles


2002 – 2003 Buick LeSabre


2002 – 2003 Buick Rendezvous


2002 – 2003 Cadillac DeVille


2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer


2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Impala


2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo


2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Venture


2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy


2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy XL


2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora


2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada


2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette


2002 – 2003 Pontiac Bonneville


2002 – 2003 Pontiac Montana

Recall letters are being sent out to affected owners, who can also look up their VIN through SaferCar.gov to determine if their vehicle is under recall.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Oct 23, 2014

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi: These aren't the SUVs you're looking for. Stormtrooper: These aren't the SUVs we're looking for. Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi: RenCen can go about their business. Stormtrooper: RenCen can go about it's business. Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi: Corey, move along. Stormtrooper: Corey, move along... move along.

    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Oct 23, 2014

      I am not familiar with Star Wars enough to comprendo this joke!

  • Buickman Buickman on Oct 24, 2014

    Bill Knapp's was a Midwestern restaurant chain with outlets in Florida as well. they did a thriving business until they hired an outside marketing hotshot who revamped the menu and significantly altered the decor thereby alienating their customer base. they soon after closed for good. I miss the homemade chicken noodle soup and the free chocolate cake on your birthday.

  • TheEndlessEnigma The Mitsubishi hate and snark in many of these comments is expected. I really do need to challenge anyone here who bristles at the mention of Mitsu and immediately begins a Tourette's inspired flow of vitriol. Before you rant on about how bad Mitsu's are, get into one and drive it. Surprise surprise, they are good vehicles, it's just kewl and hip to be a lemming and blindly follow the "Mitsubishi Sucks Because Doug DeMuro Told Me So" crowd.
  • EBFlex Remember when they introduced legislation to take natural gas stoves away? Now they want to charge electric trucks with it? If liberals didn’t have double standards they wouldn’t have any at all.
  • Glennbk First, Cadillac no longer has brand cache. And as such, the prices need to drop. Second, reliability. Cadillac doesn't have that either. Dedicate GM funds to re-design the High Value Engines. Third, interiors are too gimmicky. Take a step back and bring back more buttons and less black plasti-chrome. Forth, noise isolation. These are supposed to be luxury cars, but sound like a Malibu inside.
  • Dave M. Mitsubishi for many years built stout vehicles for whatever market they were in (specifically citing Mighty Max and Montero). In the '90s they became the LCD for high-risk borrowers; coupled on top of mediocre and stale product, interest in them waned. Aim for the niches (hybrids, small pickup, base CUVs). I find it interesting that they have a plug-in CUV based on/made by Nissan, but Nissan doesn't.
  • Glennbk Please Mitsubishi, no more rebranded Nissan products.
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