Recalls: Takata announces and expands one of history’s largest recalls for faulty airbags

We are in the age of recalls where automobile manufacturers realized it was a bad idea to cut corners and budgets in certain places, and it’s costing them greatly.

For instance, we just had the largest single recall ever in automotive history with General Motors and their faulty ignition switches. Now, it seems the Takata Corporation might be taking the hat by issuing the largest and most complex safety recall in perhaps all of US history as the number of vehicles listed as affected total around 34 million vehicles.

Takata has been in the news since late last year after an investigation and heightened recall enforcement has automaker and everyone involve don their tippy toes.

For those of you who don’t remember, Takata has become a major focus in the automobile industry in the latest recall campaign due to faulty airbag inflators that could blast deadly shrapnel and broken components into their occupants’ faces, causing severe injury or even death.

As of now, here are the current list of cars highlighted in the recall. Currently, there’s a list of “high-risk” models and those include the 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla and Matrix models and their GM counterpart, the Pontiac Vibe, and the 2004-2007 Honda Accord models.

AFFECTED VEHICLES (total number if known in parentheses):

Acura: 2002–2003 TL; 2002 CL; 2003–2006 MDX; 2005 Acura RL

BMW (approximately 765,000): 2000–2005 3-series sedan and wagon; 2000–2006 3-series coupe and convertible; 2001–2006 M3 coupe and convertible

Chrysler (approximately 2.88 million, including Dodge): 2004–2008 Chrysler 300; 2007–2008 Aspen

Dodge/Ram (approximately 2.88 million, including Chrysler): 2003–2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2004–2008 Ram 2500, Dakota, and Durango; 2004–2007 Charger; 2004–2008 Ram 3500 and 4500; 2008 Ram 5500

Ford (538,977): 2004–2005 Ranger; 2005–2006 GT; 2005–2008 Mustang

Honda (approximately 5.5 million, including Acura): 2001–2007 Accord (four-cylinder); 2001–2002 Accord (V-6); 2001–2005 Civic; 2002–2006 CR-V; 2002–2004 Odyssey; 2003–2011 Element; 2003–2008 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline

Infiniti: 2001–2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002–2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45; 2006 Infiniti M35/M45

Lexus: 2002–2007 SC430

Mazda (330,000, est): 2004–2008 Mazda 6; 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004–2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004–2005 MPV; 2004 B-series

Mitsubishi (11,985): 2004–2005 Lancer; 2006–2007 Raider

Nissan (approximately 1,091,000, including Infiniti): 2001–2003 Maxima; 2001–2004 Pathfinder; 2002–2006 Nissan Sentra

Pontiac: 2003–2005 Vibe

Saab: 2005 9-2X

Subaru (17,516): 2003–2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004–2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI

Toyota (approximately 1,514,000, including Lexus and Pontiac Vibe): 2002–2007 Toyota Corolla and Sequoia; 2003–2007 Matrix; 2003–2006 Tundra; 2004–2005 RAV4

For the full timeline of events, head on over to CARandDRIVER.

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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