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Things You Should Know About The Takata Airbag Recall

Lyndon Bell
by Lyndon Bell
October 24, 2014
3 min. Reading Time
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As you have no doubt heard, a mjor recall has recently been publicized regarding the potential for certain airbags manufactured by the Takata Company to expel shrapnel when deployed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed the number of affected models in the Takata airbag recall is approximately 7.78 million. The bags involved are mostly installed in cars built between 2000 and 2007, although some Honda Element models containing the bags were built as recently as 2011.


While the recall has actually been in place since 2008, it is only now gaining mainstream interest because of a recent spate of incidents in which the bags caused considerable injury to drivers. Four deaths and at least 30 injuries have been attributed to the Takata airbags to date.

Under certain conditions, upon deployment of the bag in an accident, the canister containing the airbag's inflation propellant explode. This has been sending flying shrapnel through the cars in which they are installed. It is reported Honda, Takata’s biggest company knew about the problem back in 2004, but recalls weren’t announced until 2008.

The problem seems to be most severe in warm weather climates where heat and high humidity are believed to make the explosions more likely.

In the following galleries, you’ll find an entire list of the affected models listed by manufacturer.


BMW: 627,615 Potentially Affected Vehicles

2000-2005 BMW 3 Series Sedan

2000-2006 BMW 3 Series Coupe

2000-2005 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

2000-2006 BMW 3 Series Convertible

2001-2006 BMW M3 Coupe

2001-2006 BMW M3 Convertible


Chrysler: 371,309 Potentially Affected Vehicles

2005–2008 Chrysler 300

2007–2008 Chrysler Aspen


Ford: 58,669 Potentially Affected Vehicles

2004 Ford Ranger

2005-2006 Ford GT

2005-2007 Ford Mustang


General Motors: Undetermined Number Of Potentially Affected Vehicles

2003-2005 Pontiac Vibe

2005 Saab 9-2X


Honda: 5,051,364 Potentially Affected Vehicles

2001-2007 Honda Accord

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

2005 Acura RL


Mazda: 64,872 Potentially Affected Vehicles

2003-2007 Mazda6

2006-2007 MazdaSpeed6

2004-2008 Mazda RX-8

2004-2005 Mazda MPV

2004 Mazda B-Series Truck


Mitsubishi: 11,985 Potentially Affected Vehicles

2004-2005 Mitsubishi Lancer

2006-2007 Mitsubishi Raider


Nissan: 694,626 Potentially Affected Vehicles

2001-2003 Nissan Maxima

2001-2004 Nissan Pathfinder

2002-2004 Nissan Sentra

2001-2004 Infiniti I30/I35

2002-2003 Infiniti QX4

2003-2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45


Subaru: 17,516 Potentially Affected Vehicles

2003–2005 Subaru Baja

2003-2005 Subaru Legacy

2003-2005 Subaru Outback

2004–2005 Subaru Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI



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