FCA, Ford, Honda Expand Respective Takata Airbag Recalls

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
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FCA, Ford and Honda are adding more models to their recalls involving Takata’s airbags, the first following the supplier’s admission on the issue last week.

FCA is recalling 1.8 million units equipped with Takata’s airbags, while Ford and Honda are recalling 950,000 and 350,000 units, Automotive News reports. The new recalls follow the supplier’s statement last week, where it admitted as many as 34 million vehicles were equipped with defective airbags.

FCA’s recall adds 1.4 million units with driver-side airbags to the 2014 recall of 3.3 million vehicles covering 2004-2007 Dodge Ram pickups, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Dakota, among other models within the timeframe. An additional 437,947 Dodge Rams from the 2003 model year are being recalled for their passenger side airbags.

Over at Ford, 593,000 units will receive recall notices for both driver- and passenger-side airbags. The affected models are the 2005-2014 Mustang built at Flat Rock, the 2005-2006 GT assembled at Wixom, the 2004 Ranger put together at Edison, and the 2004-2006 Ranger brought to life at Twin Cities. The new figure brings the global total to 1.5 million models, of which 1.49 million are in North America, 1.3 million in the United States.

Finally, Honda will recall 350,000 2005 Civics and 2006-2007 Accords for their passenger-side units, and could recall more “if Takata or the NHTSA later determine that a defect exists in vehicles sold or registered beyond” the 13-state-and-territory region where the current passenger-side airbag recall campaign is being carried out, according to representative Chris Martin.

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  • 1998redwagon 1998redwagon on May 29, 2015

    so just a quick question. assume the airbags in all the cars in the 13 state and territory region are replaced and takata goes out of business someday due to this or some other problem. what happens when a car from outside this region is relocated to this area? is that car 'due' for a swap of airbags? as a corollary assume a car is sold used to someone who takes it out of the 13 state area before the swap is performed. Is this car still eligible for an airbag swap?

    • MBella MBella on May 29, 2015

      Eventually these recalls will be nationwide. They're just doing this by regions, and in the order of perceived risk on their part.

  • Brumus Brumus on May 29, 2015

    Goddamnit, that No. 6 GT pictured above is one sweet, mean-ass ride. Brilliant paint scheme; as it was and as it e'er shall be...

  • InterstateNomad InterstateNomad on May 30, 2015

    Is this even newsworthy any more? I don't think so.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on May 31, 2015

      This news is like an oil spill with a spreading oil slick on the water - where the currents move it and which beaches and coastlines it fouls, and the cost of clean up are ongoing. Of course it's still news, it's a major black eye for the companies involved, even though it wasn't their defective part. It's also an ongoing issue of a limited number of parts suppliers to the industry having an oversize impact on multiple car makers in a critical area, driver/passenger safety. If anything, it's an issue that hasn't yet been fully explored by the press, given its impact.

  • Steve Biro Steve Biro on May 30, 2015

    At this point, it's clear that this problem was so long-running and so widespread that Takata should fail. It won't happen overnight but every automaker should find another airbag supplier and then cancel its contract with Takata. It'll be a good lesson for the rest of the industry.