Pressure to expand dangerous airbag recall

DETROIT, MI (AP) – There is increasing pressure to expand an airbag recall that already includes nearly 8 million vehicles.

The recall was originally issued in late 2013, then expanded in early 2014. Until now, the vehicles recalled have been concentrated in states with humid climates, but officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are asking automakers to expand it nationwide.

The inflator mechanisms in the airbags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes.

Safety advocates say at least four people have died because of the problem and there have been multiple injuries. They also say more than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. are equipped with the faulty airbags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned people whose cars have been recalled during the past two years for faulty airbag inflators to take them to dealers right away. The inflators are made by Takata Corp., a Tokyo-based supplier of seat belts, airbags, steering wheels and other auto parts. So far, automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles worldwide because of the problem.

“This message comes with urgency,” NHTSA said in a statement. The agency has been investigating the problem since June, and has cited reports of six inflators rupturing, causing three injuries.

The warning covers cars made by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, General Motors and Ford. Passenger or driver airbags or both could be affected depending on the vehicle.

Toyota issued the latest recall on October 20, 2014, covering passenger airbags in 247,000 older model vehicles including the Lexus SC, Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia and Tundra.

Neither Toyota nor NHTSA could say exactly how far inland the recall area goes or which states it covers.

We have the full list below, but you can also check on the website www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA has gathered links to manufacturers’ lookups, you just need to click on your manufacturer and type in your VIN. Your VIN is a unique, 17-character number assigned to a vehicle. Typically, you can find it on a metal plate on the dashboard near the windshield on the driver’s side. You can also check the driver’s side door jamb. It also is listed on the vehicle’s title, registration or insurance information. It’s a combination of letters and numbers unique to your vehicle.

Full Recall List By Manufacturer:

Toyota: 778,177 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2002 – 2004 Lexus SC 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix 2002 – 2004 Toyota Sequoia 2003 – 2004 Toyota Tundra 2003 – 2004 Pontiac Vibe

Honda: 2,803,214 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2001 – 2007 Honda Accord (4 cyl) 2001 – 2002 Honda Accord (6 cyl) 2001 – 2005 Honda Civic 2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V 2003 – 2011 Honda Element 2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey 2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot 2006 – Honda Ridgeline 2003 – 2006 Acura MDX 2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL

Nissan: 437,712 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima 2001 – 2003 Nissan Pathfinder 2002 – 2003 Nissan Sentra 2001 – 2003 Infiniti I30/I35 2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4 2003 – Infiniti FX

Mazda: 18,050 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2003 – 2004 Mazda6 2004 – Mazda RX-8

BMW: 573,935 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan 2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon 2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible 2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe 2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible

General Motors: 133,221 total number potentially affected vehicles 2002 – 2003 Buick LeSabre 2002 – 2003 Buick Rendezvous 2002 – 2003 Cadillac DeVille 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Impala 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Venture 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy XL 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Bonneville 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Montana

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