Takata Air Bags

Takata Recall Expansion: What Consumers Need to Know

Takata Recall Expansion: What Consumers Need to Know Summary
Takata Recall Expansion: What Consumers Need to Know

Summary

Key Points

  • NHTSA is expanding the Takata air bag recalls.
  • Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to fail.
  • NHTSA is prioritizing recalls based on risk.
  • Vehicles currently included in these recalls are searchable using NHTSA’s Recalls Lookup Tool and included on this list of affected vehicles. Vehicles that are scheduled to be recalled later (according to the table below) are not yet searchable on the Recalls Lookup Tool, but are included in the list of affected vehicles. Consumers are urged to use the Recalls Lookup Tool to more accurately determine if their vehicle is currently subject to these, or other, recalls. Consumers are also encouraged to sign up for NHTSA’s Recall Alerts to be notified of new recalls that may affect them and to search the Recalls Lookup Tool for recalls at least twice a year.

Summary

The Takata air bag recalls are being expanded and, by December 31, 2019, will include an additional estimated 35-40 million inflators. This is on top of the 28.8 million inflators previously recalled.

Prior to this recall expansion, NHTSA and its independent expert reviewed the findings of three independent investigations into the Takata air bag inflator ruptures.

The combination of time, high temperature fluctuations, and humidity contribute to the degradation of the propellant in the inflators. This degradation can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, creating more pressure than the inflator can withstand, and in extreme cases causing the inflator to rupture and sends shrapnel through the air bag toward vehicle occupants.

The agency is prioritizing the recall of air bag inflators based on the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants.

As the below chart shows, recalls are phased by the location of the vehicles and their age. The schedule for recalls has been set to make sure that vehicles are recalled before the propellant in the inflator will degrade to the point of becoming dangerous. The recalls will occur on a schedule between May 2016 and December 2019 to make sure vehicles are recalled before the air bag inflator becomes dangerous.

Takata Defect Filing DateZone A VehiclesZone B VehiclesZone C Vehicles
 
May 16, 2016MY 2011 & OlderMY 2008 & OlderMY 2004 & Older
December 31, 2016MY 2012 & OlderMY 2009 & OlderMY 2008 & Older
December 31, 2017MY 2013 & OlderMY 2010 & OlderMY 2009 & Older
December 31, 2018All remaining vehiclesAll remaining vehiclesAll remaining vehicles
December 31, 2019All like-for-like replacement partsAll like-for-like replacement partsAll like-for-like replacement parts
Schedule for Recalls

Recall Zones Based on Temperature & Humidity

Zone A: Hot & Humid

Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Zone B: Less Hot & Humid

Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

Zone C: Least Hot & Humid

Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

All vehicle owners are urged to check for recalls at least twice a year using the Recalls Lookup Tool. Also make sure that your vehicle’s registration includes your correct, current address so that your vehicle manufacturer can reach you if your vehicle is recalled for any reason.