2.5 million more cars recalled for air bags

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The massive Takata air bag car recall has grown by another 2.5 million vehicles in just a few days, after car recalls earlier this week brought the total number of affected cars to just over 26 million.

Now, German auto manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen issued recalls totaling 2.5 million vehicles.

Daimler AG has said it will recall about 840,000 cars in the U.S., including about 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and 136,000 Daimler vans. BMW also will recall about 840,000 vehicles in the U.S., with cars from 2006-2015 model years affected, according to Reuters. Neither automaker has issued a list of specific cars affected by the recalls as yet.

The Volkswagen Group is recalling about 840,000 vehicles in the U.S., comprised of 170,000 Audi cars and 680,000 Volkswagen models, which include some models of:

  • 2015-2013 Audi A3
  • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabrio
  • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
  • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabrio
  • 2009-2014 Volkswagen CC
  • 20012-2014 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat sedan and wagon (German production)
  • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat (U.S. production)

Cars affected by the recall have air bags that may deploy unexpectedly and spray shrapnel toward occupants. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has urged owners of all cars affected by the Takata air bag recall to have their vehicles repaired as soon as they have notification from the automaker that parts are available.

Owners of all cars affected by recalls will be notified by mail by the manufacturer. Consumers who are concerned whether their car is affected can find more information by searching for their car by its vehicle identification number with the NHTSA’s look-up tool, by calling NHTSA’s Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or by calling the toll-free number in their owner’s manual

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Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.