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Recall of the Week: Millions more Takata airbags inflators due to possible injuries from exploding pieces of metal

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I get a Honda Civic rental car to use while I wait for my Honda Accord to be repaired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About two weeks ago, I wrote about more Hondas, Nissans, and Toyota’s being recalled due to faulty airbag inflators.

If a crash occurs and the air bag is deployed, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and possibly seriously injuring the passenger occupants, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Or, the air bag could deploy abnormally increasing the risk of injury to the passengers.

I’d called to see if my 2002 Honda Accord was in an earlier recall of airbag inflators on the passenger side. I was relieved to find it wasn’t.

However, I thought I’d call again to see if my car was included in this round. Unfortunately, it was.

I asked for a rental car. The service representative said in a condescending voice that one would be provided “if I didn’t feel safe.” I said yes, I wanted a rental car. I checked to see if the dealership was going to pay for it. He said yes.

I got the rental car on Tuesday. On Saturday, I received a call that the repair had been made to the airbag on the driver’s side.

Now, Takata is announcing that millions more cars are being recalled. They include:

General Motors

  • 2007-2008 model years Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
  • 2007-2008 model years GMC Sierra 2500/3500

Subaru

  • 2004-2005 model years Subaru Impreza Sedan/Station Wagon
  • 2005 model year Saab 9-2x

Mitsubishi

  • 2004-2006 model years Mitsubishi Lancer/Lancer Evolution
  • 2004 model year Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Ford

  • 2004-2006 model years Ford Ranger

BMW

  • 2002-2005 model years BMW 325i/325xi/330i/330xi Sedan
  • 2002-2005 model years BMW 325xi/325i Sports Wagon
  • 2002-2006 model years BMW 330Ci/325Ci/M3 Convertible
  • 2002-2006 model years BMW 325i/330i/M3 Coupe
  • 2002-2003 model years BMW M5/540i/525i/530i Sedan
  • 2002-2003 model years BMW 540i/525i Sports Wagon
  • 2003-2004 model years BMW X5 3.0i/4.4i Sports Activity Vehicle

Fiat Chrysler

  • 2005-2009 model years Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup
  • 2004-2008 model years Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup
  • 2006-2009 model years Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup
  • 2007-2009 model years Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
  • 2008-2010 model years Dodge Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis
  • 2008-2009 model years Sterling 4500/5500 Cab Chassis
  • 2004-2008 model years Dodge Durango
  • 2007-2008 model years Chrysler Aspen
  • 2005-2010 model years Chrysler 300/300C/SRT8
  • 2005-2010 model years Dodge Charger/Magnum
  • 2005-2011 model years Dodge Dakota
  • 2006-2010 model years Mitsubishi Raider

Call your dealer to see if your car is included in this latest recall expansion. Also, you can go to Recalls Spotlight on SaferCar.gov for information.

Copyright 2015, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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