Defective air bags
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that automakers who use air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata will recall vehicles because the front air bag inflators can rupture.
All the automakers except Honda are limiting the recalls to hot, humid regions Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, on Takata’s advice:
BMW: BMW 2001-05 3 Series sedan, 2001-06 3 Series coupe, 2001-05 3 Series sports wagon and 2001-06 3 Series convertible.
CHRYSLER: Chrysler is still deciding which vehicles are affected.
FORD: Ford expects to recall 58,669 vehicles, including the
2005-07 Mustang, 2005-07 GT and 2004 Ranger pickup.
HONDA: Honda additionally will recall vehicles in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas. Honda will replace the driver’s side air bag inflator in the 2001-07 Accord (four-cylinder engine), 2001-02 Accord (V-6), 2001-05 Civic, 2002-06 CR-V, 2003-11 Element, 2002-04 Odyssey, 2002-07 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003-06 Acura MDX and 2002-03 Acura TL/CL. It will replace passenger side air bag inflators in the 2003-05 Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Odyssey, Pilot; the 2003-05 Acura MDX and the 2005 Acura RL.
MAZDA: Mazda expects to recall 34,600 vehicles, including the 2003-07 Mazda6, 2004-08 RX-8, 2006-07 Mazdaspeed6 and 2004 MPV. Mazda is still working on a schedule to notify owners.
NISSAN: Nissan said it is still determining which vehicles are affected.
TOYOTA: The company will recall certain 2003-05 Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, Lexus LC and Pontiac Vibe cars not covered in previous recalls, to repair their passenger-side air bag inflators.
GENERAL MOTORS: GM has told Chevrolet dealers to stop selling 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze sedans.