The recall has thus been expanded by approximately 1.7 million vehicles in the United States, according to AssociatedPress. All of them have been equipped with the faulty airbag inflators responsible for at least 23 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.
Due to a chemical that can deteriorate after prolonged exposure to humidity and high temperatures, the airbag inflators can rupture during an accident, spraying shrapnel throughout the cabin. As a result, Takata-equipped cars that are most in danger are found along the Gulf of Mexico, a region known for its high humidity, although other regions cannot be excluded as well.
In the United States alone, it’s estimated that 10 million vehicles will be called back as part of this safety campaign this year. All in all, it’s estimated that before the end of 2020 around 70 million cars will have been recalled.
Quoting NHTSA’s website, AP reveals that more than 50 million cars have been included in this recall until last December. Out of these, around 27 million have had their airbag inflators replaced, which leaves more than 23 million that have yet to be serviced.
The vehicles added to the recall list are the following:
2000-2004 and 2007-2015 BMW – 266,044 units
2015-2017 Daimler Vans – 159,689 units
2014-2018 Ferrari – 11,176 units
2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz – 288,779 unitgs
2010-2014 Subaru Forester, Legacy, Outback – 826,144 units
2014-2016 Tesla Model S – 68,736 units
2015-2017 Volkswagen/Audi(Passat included) – 119,394 units
Note: Ferrari 488 GTB pictured