The Takata airbag recall gets bigger with more Subaru Forester, Outback, WRX/STI, Impreza, Legacy and Tribeca vehicles added to the number. The 64,179 total affected additional vehicles now includes 2009-2013, Forester, Outback, WRX/STI, Legacy and Tribeca, and 2009-2011 Impreza compact models.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has prioritized recalls by geographic zone by states with the highest risk based on heat and humidity. The latest round of recalls now includes vehicles sold or ever registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
NHTSA says, “These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.”
This massive recall isn’t over yet
Future phases of the Takata recalls will be implemented each year until the year 2020, to include additional vehicles until all non‐desiccated Takata sourced passenger side Takata air bag inflators are recalled. According to the LA Times, there have been 19 deaths worldwide, and 13 deaths in the U.S. blamed on faulty Takata inflators. The defective inflators have sparked the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, involving 42 million vehicles and 69 million inflators. More than 100 million autos have been recalled worldwide.
This latest recall affecting 2009-2013, Forester, Outback, WRX/STI, Legacy and Tribeca, and 2009-2011 Impreza models is expected to begin February 9, 2018. Subaru will notify owners my mail, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-18. Owners can also use the Subaru vehicle recall VIN lookup here to check for the latest recall information on your vehicle.
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