Airbag recall affects 1.2M in Canada

Air Bag Recalls

TORONTO – Transport Canada has released a detailed list of vehicles being recalled in Canada due to faulty airbags made by Japan’s Takata Corp., saying 1.2 million vehicles in this country are part of the worldwide recall.

The list of affected vehicles was posted online and includes the Honda Civic, Accord, and CR-V, Chrysler products, including the Dodge Ram and the Chrysler 300, BMW sedans and the X5, and Ford’s Ranger and Mustang.

The majority of the affected models are from the 2001 to 2011 model years, although more recent Ford Mustang models are also affected.

The Takata airbag recall began in 2008 over concerns that airbag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel into drivers or passengers when deployed.

American regulators say six people have been killed and more than 100 injured due to the problem, though Transport Canada says it has no reports of any deaths or injuries in Canada from consumers or auto manufacturers.

Last week, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Takata agreed to declare 33.8 million airbags in the U.S. defective, triggering the largest auto recall in history.

The full list of the 1,242,111 vehicles included in the expanded recall can be found on Ottawa’s website, while a list of affected models in older recalls for the same issue can be found on Transport Canada’s website.

Affected vehicles include Honda’s Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V, Pilot, Element, and Ridgeline models; Acura’s TL, CL, MDX, and 1.7EL models; Chrysler’s Aspen and 300 models; Dodge’s Charger, Magnum, Ram, Dakota, and Durango models; Ford’s Ranger and Mustang models; as well as BMW’s X5 and 3-series and 5-series models.

Consumers in Canada and the United States have launches class-action lawsuits against automakers and Japan-based Takata Corp. for failing to provide timely warnings about the problem.

The first recall for issues with Takata airbags in Canada came in 2008. It included 91,447 vehicles involving two Acura models and two Honda models produced in 2001 and 2002.

That recall expanded in 2010 to include more model years as well as Honda CRVs and Odysseys produced in 2002.

In 2013 and 2014, vehicles from Mazda, Toyota, General Motors, Nissan, BMW, and Subaru were added to the recall, as well as more Honda models.

Chrysler Canada reported a voluntary recall of more than 258,000 vehicles in January.

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