Deadly Risk From Air Bags Affects 1.7 Million Vehicles In Recall

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Subaru, Tesla, BMW, the Volkswagen Group, Mercedes-Benz, and Ferrari have announced separate recalls to replace defective airbag inflators, according to the Associated Press.

Six automakers from the United States and overseas have added 1.7 million cars to the roster of vehicles that need to be recalled to fix a potentially deadly defect.

This recall covers both driver- and passenger-side front airbag inflators, and is part of the effort by NHTSA and automakers to space out the replacement of Takata airbag inflators based on the risk to drivers and passengers.

Already, at least 23 people have been killed in accidents related to the airbags, as hundreds more have been injured.

Subaru: 826,144 vehicles from 2010-14 including Foresters, Legacys, and Outbacks. BMW is recalling 266,044 vehicles from 2000 to 2004 model years and the 2007 to 2015 model years.

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By last December, more than 50 million vehicles had been recalled because of Takata airbags.

To find out if your vehicle is being recalled, go to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website.

Volkswagen/Audi: 119,394 vehicles from model years 2015-17. Tesla is recalling 68,763 Model S vehicles from 2014 to 2016 and Ferrari is recalling 11,176 vehicles of various models ranging from 2014 to 2018 model years.

The recalls forced Takata Corp.to seek bankruptcy protection and sell most of its assets to pay for the fixes.

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