More vehicles are being added to the list of recalls due to faulty air bags.
FOX News Radio's Tonya J. Powers has details:
Three million more vehicles are now part of a warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or hurt drivers or passengers in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration upped the number from 4.7 million to 7.8 million. The models affected include BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. The air bag inflators are made by Takata can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the airbags are used. At least four people have died from the problem.
Tonya J. Powers, FOX News Radio.
Read more information about the expanded air bag recall below from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
Consumer Advisory: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action
WASHINGTON D.C. - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. Over seven million vehicles are involved in these recalls, which have occurred as far back as 18 months ago and as recently as Monday. The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.
"Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures. However, we're leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue," said NHTSA Deputy Administrator, David Friedman.
Consumers that are uncertain whether their vehicle is impacted by the Takata recalls, or any other recall, can contact their manufacturer's website to search, by their vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm whether their individual vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed. Owners that have been contacted by their manufacturer should contact their dealer's service department and make arrangements for the repair. In addition, consumers can sign up for NHTSA recall alerts, which go out before recall letters are mailed by the manufacturers to the affected owners.
7.8 Million Affected U.S. Vehicles, by Manufacturer, Impacted by CY 2013 and 2014 Recalls Involving Takata Airbags
Note: The list below corrects the list that accompanied our October 20th advisory, which incorrectly included certain vehicles and excluded others. The numbers cited for potentially affected vehicles below are subject to change and adjustment because there may be cases of vehicles being counted more than once. Owners should check their VIN periodically as manufacturers continue to add VINs to the database. Once owner recall notices are available, owners can retrieve a copy from SaferCar.gov, or will receive one by U.S. mail and are advised to carefully follow the enclosed instructions.
BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2000 - 2005 3 Series Sedan 2000 - 2006 3 Series Coupe 2000 - 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon 2000 - 2006 3 Series Convertible 2001 - 2006 M3 Coupe 2001 - 2006 M3 Convertible
Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2003 - 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 2005 - 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 2008 - Dodge Ram 5500 2005 - 2008 Dodge Durango 2005 - 2008 Dodge Dakota 2005 - 2008 Chrysler 300 2007 - 2008 Chrysler Aspen
Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2004 - Ranger 2005 - 2006 GT 2005 - 2007 Mustang
General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles 2003 - 2005 Pontiac Vibe 2005 - Saab 9-2X
Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2001 - 2007 Honda Accord 2001 - 2005 Honda Civic 2002 - 2006 Honda CR-V 2003 - 2011 Honda Element 2002 - 2004 Honda Odyssey 2003 - 2007 Honda Pilot 2006 - Honda Ridgeline 2003 - 2006 Acura MDX 2002 - 2003 Acura TL/CL 2005 - Acura RL
Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2003 - 2007 Mazda6 2006 - 2007 MazdaSpeed6 2004 - 2008 Mazda RX-8 2004 - 2005 MPV 2004 - B-Series Truck
Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2004 - 2005 Lancer 2006 - 2007 Raider
Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2001 - 2003 Nissan Maxima 2001 - 2004 Nissan Pathfinder 2002 - 2004 Nissan Sentra 2001 - 2004 Infiniti I30/I35 2002 - 2003 Infiniti QX4 2003 - 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2003 - 2005 Baja 2003 - 2005 Legacy 2003 - 2005 Outback 2003 - 2005 Baja 2004 - 2005 Impreza
Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2002 - 2005 Lexus SC 2002 - 2005 Toyota Corolla 2003 - 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix 2002 - 2005 Toyota Sequoia 2003 - 2005 Toyota Tundra