Takata airbags that were installed into millions of vehicles beginning in the early 2000s led to the largest recall in automotive history. The airbags, which use the chemical ammonium nitrate to initiate deployment, can be deadly. The chemical degrades over time and faster in warm, humid climates. This degradation can cause the explosion of the airbag deployment to send shrapnel flying through the car. These explosions have killed almost two dozen people worldwide and led to hundreds of injuries. The airbags were installed by several manufacturers across dozens of models. Even luxury vehicles have not been exempted from the latest batch of recalls, as Fortune reports.
Earlier this month, another 1.7 million vehicles were added to the growing number of automobiles recalled for defective Takata airbags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added the vehicles to the list of recalls on Friday.
The following automakers were affected by the newest batch of recalls:
Subaru: 826,144 vehicles recalled
Mercedes: 288,779 vehicles recalled
Volkswagen: 119, 394 vehicles recalled
BMW: Just over 266,000 vehicles recalled
Daimler Vans: 159,689 vehicles recalled
Tesla: 68.763 vehicles recalled
Ferrari: 11,176 vehicles recalled
You can check to see if your vehicle is affected by visiting the NHTSA website. Dealers will replace the defective airbags at no cost to the owners.
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