The German carmakers said this week they decided to recall around 1.7 million cars in the United States as a precautionary measure, due to potentially defective Takata airbag inflators.
Lately, recalls over Takata’s defective airbags are emerging on a weekly basis, as automakers are being forced to take precautionary measures because of this deadly issue. Daimler was the first German automaker announcing it decided to take action in this direction by issuing a costly safety campaign, affecting around 840,000 cars in the United States. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has notified Daimler that the Agency was informed that certain airbag models made by the Japanese supplier, which were also installed in Mercedes-Benz cars and Daimler vans, were potentially defective. On that basis, the automaker will call back to dealers approximately 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and about 136,000 Daimler vans in the United States. The expenses of this move are estimated at a total of about 340 million euros (around 384 million dollars), Daimler said.
Last month, Takata said it was declaring 5.1 million additional inflators defective after new testing and following the death of a driver in December in a 2006 Ford Ranger, after an airbag rupture. Daimler said it would account for the cost in its 2015 financial year results. It said full-year net profit would decrease to 8.7 billion euros, and group earnings before interest and tax would be 13.2 billion euros. Takata said other automakers affected by the recent findings included Honda, Volkswagen, Audi, Mazda. American Honda, BMW and Saab.
Volkswagen shortly followed Daimler, saying Takata’s airbags were affecting 680,000 models of its namesake brand in the United States built between 2006 and 2014. On a much smaller scale, VW’s Audi brand also issued a statement through which it announced that 170,000 cars from model year 2005 to 2014 could have defective driver side front airbags made by Takata.