Tesla, Mercedes, And Jaguar Could Face Recalls Due To Defective Takata Airbags

Sep 30, 2015 11:28 AM EDT | Sonja Killebrew

Tesla Motors has joined the list of automakers that may have to recall vehicles outfitted with faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.

The Japanese company provided 11 different companies with air bag inflators that could explode on impact and spew metal shrapnel, which allegedly caused the death of eight people worldwide and injured hundreds.

The current recall effects 19.2 million U.S. vehicles and trucks sold by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Suzuki, Volvo Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Daimler Trucks, and BMW.

Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar-Land Rover and Tesla all said that their Takata air bags were not part of the current recalls. They declined to say which models had Takata air bags.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent letters to Jaguar-Land Rover, Suzuki, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo Trucks, and Tesla asking which of their vehicles used Takata inflators. The agency's letter said that Takata believed the defect was caused by the chemical ammonium nitrate, which degraded over time causing the propellant combust or rupture when inflated, the Associated Press reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a list of vehicles effected by the airbag recall. The vehicles are listed by brand, model and year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Honda issued a statement to it's customers assuring them that they were committed to their safety. The automaker encourages customers on its website to take immediate action to replace the Takata airbags at no cost.

NHTSA will hold a public hearing of its findings on the cause of the airbags failures and how it plans to proceed, Newsmax reported.

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