VW, BMW, Audi To Recall 1.7 Million Vehicles In U.S. Over Takata Airbags

Feb 11, 2016 04:04 PM EST | John Nassivera

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Takata's airbag crisis doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon, as Volkswagen, Audi and BMW announced Wednesday that they will recall nearly 1.7 million vehicles in the U.S. equipped with the company's inflators.

The new recalls include 850,000 vehicles for VW, 840,000 for BMW and 840,000 for Daimler, all of which are the three biggest automakers in Germany, according to Reuters. The issue revolves around airbags that explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

The three announcements bring the amount of vehicles recalled over faulty Takata airbags in the U.S. to over 5.1 million, and they involve newer model-year cars than older ones.

VW's recall covers 2006-2010 Passat sedans and wagons made in Germany, 2012-2014 Passats made in the U.S., the 2009-2014 CC, the 2010-2014 Jetta SportWagen, the 2010-2014 Golf and the 2012-2014 Eos, while the Audi recall covers the 2006-2013 A3, the 2006-2009 A4 cabriolet, the 2009-2012 Q5 and the 2010-2011 A5 cabriolet, Car and Driver noted.

BMW's recall covers has a slightly longer list than the other two companies, which includes the 2006-2013 3-series sedan and M3, the 2006-2012 3-series wagon, the 2007-2013 3-series and M3 coupe and convertible, the 2007-2010 X3, the 2007-2013 X5 and X5M, the 2008-2013 1-series coupe and convertible, 2008-2014 X6 and X6M, and the 2013-2015 X1.

The three recalls follow one week after Honda recalled 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. over Takata's defective airbags.

Takata has been experiencing this safety dilemma with its airbags since 2008, and about 24 million vehicles, with about 50 million worldwide, related to the problem have been recalled since, the Associated Press reported.

The airbag issue has been linked to at least 11 deaths and 139 injuries around the world.

VW, BMW and Audi have all said that they have not received any reports about drivers' airbags exploding in their cars, and they will notify owners of when they should bring their cars in to get the faulty inflators replaced. 

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