Date
26 September 2017
Some 24 million US vehicles involving about 28 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled. Photo: Reuters
Some 24 million US vehicles involving about 28 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled. Photo: Reuters

German carmakers recall US vehicles with Takata airbags

Germany’s three biggest automakers will recall 2.5 million vehicles in the United States equipped with Takata Corp air bags, the latest moves in a long-running safety crisis involving the Japanese automotive supplier, Reuters reported.

Volkswagen AG  on Wednesday said it would recall 850,000 vehicles, while BMW said it would recall 840,000 vehicles. 

That followed Tuesday’s announcement by Daimler AG that it was recalling 840,000 vehicles.

The vehicles to be recalled have Takata-made air bag inflators that the Japanese supplier declared defective last month, affecting 5.1 million vehicles in the US.

The recalls by the German automakers bring the announced vehicle recalls to the total outlined by Takata.

These recalls involve newer model-year vehicles than previous ones involving Takata. The BMW recalls include one 2015 model.

The recalls mark the latest expansion of a safety crisis over defective Takata air bags that began in 2009.

Some 24 million US vehicles involving about 28 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled.

Earlier, Honda Motor Co. recalled 2.23 million US vehicles in the most recent Takata expansion.

Ford Motor Co. has recalled 361,000 Ranger pickup trucks and Mazda Motor Corp. nearly 20,000 B-Series trucks.

The recalls by the German companies were limited to the US market. Daimler, VW and BMW each said they are not aware of any air bag failures in their vehicles.

The most recent recalls were prompted in part by the December death of the driver of a Ford Ranger pickup, as well as new tests conducted on suspected faulty air bags.

Ten deaths worldwide and nine in the US have been linked to Takata’s air bag inflators, all but one involving a Honda model.

Daimler said it would take a charge of 340 million euros (US$383 million) to cover the cost of the recall.

It will account for this by revising its 2015 financial results published last week, lowering net profit to 8.7 billion euros and earnings before interest and tax to 13.2 billion euros, from 8.9 billion and 13.5 billion euros respectively.

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