The long-running global Takata Corp airbag safety crisis continues and The Volkswagen group of America has recalled approximately 850,000 vehicles. The automotive company revealed they would recall about 680,000 vehicles in America; partner Audi will recall roughly 170,000 vehicles, according to spokespeople from each company.
Accordingly, Volkswagen’s move comes after auto safety regulators in the United States declared 5.1 million American vehicles defective. This means that even more airbags are included in the recall than had been previously expected.
Of course, Volkswagen is not the only company affected by this recall. Today, BMW also reported they would recall 840,000 vehicles in the United States for fear they are equipped with the faulty Takata Corp airbags. This arm of the national recall will cover BMW cars and SUV models between the years of 2006 and 2015. This is a new edition to the models which BMW had previously listed in the original recall.
The original recall was filed in 2009, when it was found that Takata airbag inflators can explode with too much force and, perhaps more importantly, sprayed metal shrapnel throughout the passenger compartment. So far 14 automakers and 24 million US vehicles are included, for a total of 28 million Takata airbag inflators.
In a statement, VW Group said the company was unaware if any of the faulty SDI or PSDI-5 inflators had been installed in any VW Group vehicle worldwide; thus the recall is more precautionary than anything else.
In terms of Volkswagen, the company is specifically recalling the models:
- 2009-2014 Volkswagen CC sedan
- 2010-2014 Jetta SportWagen
- 2010-2014 Golf
- 2012-2014 VW Eos convertible
- 2012-2014 Passat midsize sedan (those assembled in the United States)
- 2006-2010 Passat sedan and wagons (those built in Germany)
In terms of Audi, the recall covers:
- 2005-2013 A3 Compact
- 2006-2009 A4 Cabrio
- 2009-2012 Q5 Crossover
- 2010-2011 A5 Cabrio
Until all repairs are completed, any and every affected Audi and Volkswagen vehicle at pre-owned certified dealers will be placed on stop-sale.
The Volkswagen recalls come after Daimler AG announced the recall of 840,000 US vehicles which have Takata airbags. The company said this includes 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and 136,000 vans. The recall includes 2005-2014 models:
- Mercedes-Benz SLK convertible
- C-class and E-class sedans
- M and GL-class SUVs
- R and SLS-class coupe
Finally, Daimler also made it known they would also recall vans made between 2007 and 2014 (including not only Mercedes-Benz but also Dodge and Freightliner brands).