Major air bag recall expanded again

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Four automakers have announced more recalls due to the problem with Takata air bags that has caused 9 deaths in the U.S. With the additional recalls, more than 26 million cars from more than a dozen automakers are affected.

This new spate of recalls adds over 2.3 million more cars in the U.S. to what is already the largest recall since car recalls have been tracked.

In addition, Honda issue a 2nd air bag recall that is separate from the Takata air bag issue.

Is your car on this list?

The cars affected by this latest recall these models:

  • 2015 Audi Q5
  • 2013-2016 Acura ILX
  • 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid
  • 2007-2016 Acura RDX
  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
  • 2008-2009 Chrysler Town & Country
  • 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 2009 Dodge Journey
  • 2007-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
  • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2009-2013 Honda Fit
  • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
  • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
  • 2007-2014 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2004-2006 Mazda B-Series
  • 2009 Volkswagen Routan
  • 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan
  • This car recall is yet another expansion of the recall that began in spring 2013 from the auto manufacturers that use air bags from the same supplier, Takata, one of the largest suppliers for air bags and other safety equipment in cars.

    NHTSA advises immediate action

    These air bags 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 take immediate action to have their vehicles repaired as soon as they have notification from the automaker that parts are available.

    In addition, Honda issued a 2nd air bag recall that relates to a separate issue from the Takata air bag problem.

    This recall affects 341,444 Honda Accord cars from the 2008-2010 model years. In this recall, air bag control units may corrode and fail, possibly causing them to not deploy in a crash. As a result of this recall, auto supplier Continental issued a recall of 5 million air bag control units manufactured from Jan. 1, 2006 to Dec. 31, 2010 to the car manufacturers these units were sold to. Automakers must research which cars these units were placed in before it can issue a recall of specific vehicles.

    How to find out if your car is affected

    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, or VIN, by using 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

    Worried about recalls? Read What to do if your car is recalled.

    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.