Car Recall

Faulty Airbags Force Urgent Recall Of 4.7 Million Cars: Is Your Car On This Massive List?

Over 4.7 million cars in the U.S. are being recalled due to faulty airbags, and one of them could be yours. The Washington Post reports that this “urgent recall” was issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday.

The recalled automobiles include various BMW, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota models with model years ranging from 2001 to 2011. Manufactured by Takata, the defective airbags have already caused the deaths of four people in the United States. See a full list of the cars included in Monday’s recall below.

The NHTSA recall states that the deaths were caused by the rupture of inflator mechanisms in the airbags that sprayed drivers and passengers with metal fragments. CBS News states that the passenger or driver air bags (or both) could be affected, depending on the make and model of the recalled car.

“This message comes with urgency. The agency has been investigating the problem since June, and has cited reports of six inflators rupturing.”

The Washington Post reports that the recall is especially urgent for vehicle owners who live in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. Anyone with one of the cars listed below should take them into their local dealer immediately.

The list of recalled cars below includes various makes and models that are equipped with faulty Takata airbags. If you find your car on the list, enter the vehicle identification number (VIN) into a form on the NHTSA site — SaferCar.gov. In addition to the air bag recall, you will find out if your car is part of any other recall.

BMW: 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

General Motors: 2002 – 2003 Buick LeSabre 2002 – 2003 Buick Rendezvous 2002 – 2003 Cadillac DeVille 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Impala 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Venture 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy XL 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Bonneville 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Montana

Honda: 2001 – 2007 Honda Accord (4 cyl) 2001 – 2002 Honda Accord (6 cyl) 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

Mazda: 2003 – 2004 Mazda6 2004 – Mazda RX-8

Nissan: 2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima 2001 – 2003 Nissan Pathfinder 2002 – 2003 Nissan Sentra 2001 – 2003 Infiniti I30/I35 2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4 2003 – Infiniti FX

Toyota: 2002 – 2004 Lexus SC 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix 2002 – 2004 Toyota Sequoia 2003 – 2004 Toyota Tundra 2003 – 2004 Pontiac Vibe

Is your car on the list? Call your dealer immediately to schedule a service appointment. If you have general questions about Monday’s car recall, contact the NHSTA at 1-888-327-4236.

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