UPDATE: Hours after announcing its first recall related to Takata’s shrapnel-shooting airbags, Volkswagen and Audi revealed just which cars were affected by the defect.
VW’s recall covers model year 2006 to 2012 Passat sedans and wagons, model year 2010 to 2014 Golf and Jetta SportWagen, model year 2009 to 2014 CC, and model year 2012 to 2014 Eos, the Associated Press reports.
The company also announced the recall of model year 2005 to 2015 Audi A3, 2006 to 2009 A4 Cabrios, 2009 to 2013 Q5 SUVs and 2010 to 2011 A5 Cabrios.
BMW also announced Wednesday that it would recall another 840,000 vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. Vehicles included in that recall include model year :
• 2008 to 2013 1 Series,
• 2006 to 2011 3 Series,
• 2009 to 2011 335d,
• 2006 to 2012 3 Series Sports Wagon,
• 2007 to 2013 3 Series Coupe and Convertible,
• 2013 to 2015 X1 SUV,
• 2007 to 2010 X3 SUV,
• 2007 to 2013 X5 SUV,
• 2009 to 2013 X5 xDrive35d SUV,
• 2008 to 2014 X6 SUV,
• 2010 to 2011 X6 SUV Hybrid
BMW’s expanded recall officially brings the number of vehicles affected by the latest Takata issues, first announced by federal regulators last month, to 5.1 million vehicles.
The carmakers say they are unaware of any injuries related to the newly recalled cars, and that owners will be notified in the coming weeks.
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For the first time in since the Takata airbag defect saga began nearly two years ago, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz have recalled more than 1.5 million vehicles equipped with shrapnel-shooting safety devices made by the Japanese parts maker.
VW announced Wednesday that it would recall 680,000 cars, Reuters reports, while Daimler said late Tuesday that it would recall 840,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and vans because of the ongoing safety defect.
The VW recall affects unspecified models built between 2006 and 2014. Daimler did not specify which models were affected by its recall other than it involved 705,000 sedans and 136,000 vans.
Reuters reports that the German company estimates that the recall will cost a total of $383 million to resolve.
The new recalls from VW and Daimler come less than a month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the Takata airbag recall list would expand by 5 million vehicles.
At the time, the agency said that many of vehicles set to be recalled were manufactured by companies that previously weren’t connected to the safety issue; those include Volkswagen, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.
The expansion was in part triggered by the Dec. 22 death of a man driving a Ford Ranger pickup. A lawyer representing the man’s family says “there is no doubt airbag shrap (shrapnel) metal killed my client, as this has been confirmed by death certificate and autopsy report.”
The death is the 10th worldwide linked to Takata airbags and the first in a vehicle not produced by Honda.
Just days later, Ford announced it would expand its recall list to include 391,000 Ranger trucks.