Daimler recalled 840,000 vehicles in the United States for defective Takata air bags. In a day after that, car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and Volkswagen are recalling around 1.7 million vehicles that have Takata air bags. The move is to bring over 5.1 million vehicles with defective Takata air bags. The U.S safety regulators announced the recalls after a South Carolina man died by an exploding driver air bag inflator. Takata air bag inflators can break and throw shrapnel into passengers and drivers in the vehicle.
In the latest round of recalls, Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mazda and Volkswagen has recalled vehicles with Takata air bags. Over 24 million vehicles have been recalled due to the inflators in the United States since 2008 and around 50 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide.
The 840,000 vehicles recalled by Daimler included Mercedes-Benz vehicles and SUVs that were sold from 2005 to 2014. These include the E-Class, C-Class, M-Class, R-Class SUVs, SLS Sedans and GL-Class vehicles. The list of vehicles recalled also included the Freightliner and Sprinter vans.
The German manufacturer Audi and Volkswagen announced they would recall 850,000 vehicles from model years 2006 to 2014 in the United States. The recalls include Passat sedans and wagons made in Germany and the U.S. It also included Golf, Jetta Sportwagen, Eos, etc.
Audi recalled its A4 Cabrios, Q5 SUVs and A5 Cabrios. BMW recalled 840,000 cars from 1 Series coupe and convertibles, 3 series sedans, 335d sedan, 3 series sports wagon, and many more.
Overall, Takata inflator issues have caused over 11 deaths and 139 injuries across the world. The companies recalling vehicles will inform owners when to bring their cars to get replacements.