Back in 2015, the largest auto recall in history was launched due to defects in the Takata brand of airbags. The initial recall of 34 million vehicles included BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.
The faulty Takata airbags are prone to explosions that can spray shrapnel at passengers because of a buildup of moisture.
Due to the extent of the recall and the number of vehicles affected, it will take over an extended period of time - from May 2016 through December 2019. In fact, 40 million cars were recalled in early 2016 and another 5.8 million were recalled in October.
Late Tuesday, another 772,000 vehicles from Honda and Acura were added to the Takata recall list.
This new Honda recall covers these vehicles in the U.S.:
- 2005 to 2006 Acura MDX
- 2005 to 2012 Acura RL
- 2008 to 2012 Honda Accord
- 2006 to 2011 Honda Civic
- 2007 to 2012 Honda Fit
- 2010 to 2012 Honda Insight
If you own any of these vehicles or any other vehicle that's part of the Takata airbag recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges you to not drive these cars unless you "are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge."
This defect is linked to more than a dozen deaths and over 100 injuries worldwide. One of the more recent victims was a 17-year-old girl in Texas who died after her 2002 Honda Civic crashed and the Takata-made airbags deployed.
The risk associated with the defective Takata airbags increases with the age of the vehicle. The older a car is, the more dangerous the airbags are. This is due to the ammonium nitrate used in the Takata airbag inflators that have the tendency to explode with extended exposure to moisture and heat.
To check if your car is affected, check your Vehicle Identification Number at (VIN) at Safercar.gov. As stated, the recall list is still expanding and future batches may include newer cars. The total number of cars recalled due to the Takata defect is expected to reach 70 million in the U.S. alone.