Supercars Added To Biggest Auto Recall Ever Reported

Dec 15, 2016 04:50 AM EST | Joanne Zamora

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that more than 20 supercars are now included in the world's largest automotive recall ever reported. The said recall is due to airbag issues.

What is interesting is that, even with the exotic car manufacturers' knowledge - for almost two years - of the defective non-dessicated Takata airbags with ammonium nitrate, production still continued, ignoring the fact that they would have to be recalled later. When the recall was first announced, Takata held a large share of the airbag market and it was difficult for the carmakers to find another supplier.

Among the list are: 2017 Audi R8, the 2016-2017 McLaren 570S, and the entire 2016-2017 Ferrari lineup. Surprisingly, Tesla, for the first time, is included in the recall on all 2012-2016 Model S sedans. Among older exotics, the 2012 Fisker Karma and Lexus LFA joined the defective Takata airbag recalled vehicles. McLaren and P1 owners are also not immune to the shrapnel-spewing inflators, according to Car and Driver.

Roughly 12.5 million airbags have already been repaired - 6.7 million driver side airbags and 5.8 million passenger side airbags. According to the report from NHTSA, as of early December, Honda recalled more than 8.2 million of its defective airbags. Toyota followed with 1.47 million, and FCA with 1.46 million.

The 12.5 million cars represent less than 20 percent of all affected vehicles, which is why the Department of Transportation wants to accelerate the recall, and has been encouraging manufacturers to install the replacement parts faster and to make them available first to the riskiest vehicles, according to Motor1. Takata is supporting the campaign announcing that it "has dramatically ramped up production and capacity of airbag replacement kits."

For further information and to see if your car is included, check the NHTSA website. Recalls due to Takata airbags lookup by VIN is also possible.

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