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8 million vehicles with faulty air bags recalled, safety agency pushes for nationwide recall

The safety agency is demanding that the auto industry expand a recall of cars with driver's air bags made by Takata Corp. to cover the entire nation.

According to the Associated Press, the Takata air bags are equipped with inflators that can erupt and shoot metal fragments into vehicle occupants.

Initially, the cars with the inflators were recalled only in high humidity regions like Hawaii, Florida and Puerto Rico because prolonged exposure to moisture could cause the air bag propellant to burn faster than designed.

Car and Driver, an automotive magazine, reports that another major recall in October expanded affected vehicles across several brands. Toyota said it would replace defective passenger-side inflators starting Oct. 25, but if parts are unavailable, it urges dealers to disable airbags and affix “Do Not Sit Here” messages to the dashboard.

About 8 million cars in the U.S. with Takata inflators have been recalled. At least five deaths worldwide have been linked to the air bag problem, according to the AP.

The following is a list of affected vehicles from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

BMW: 627,615 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
Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles
  • 2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008 – Dodge Ram 5500
  • 2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
  • 2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
  • 2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen
Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles
  • 2004 – Ranger
  • 2005 – 2006 GT
  • 2005 – 2007 Mustang
General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles
  • 2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2005 – Saab 9-2X
Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
  • 2001 – 2007 Honda Accord)
  • 2001 – 2002 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 total number of potentially affected vehicles
  • 2003 – 2007 Mazda6
  • 2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
  • 2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
  • 2004 – 2005 MPV
  • 2004 – B-Series Truck
Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles
  • 2004 – 2005 Lancer
  • 2006 – 2007 Raider
Nissan: 694,626 total number of 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 total number of potentially affected vehicles

  • 2003 – 2005 Baja
  • 2003 – 2005 Legacy
  • 2003 – 2005 Outback
  • 2004 – 2005 Impreza
Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles
  • 2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
  • 2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra

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