The affects—and mounting costs—of last year’s airbag crisis is far from over.
On Tuesday, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, Daimler, recalled 841,000 vehicles in the United States due to the same airbag issue.
The recall affects roughly 705,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles and 136,000 Daimler vans, the company said in a statement. It
will cost the automaker about $384 million.
The news is the latest in a string of recall expansions surrounding airbag inflator canisters made by Japanese manufacturer Takata. The
canisters have been known to deploy too forcefully in a crash, showering passengers with plastic and metal debris.
The airbags have been blamed for nine deaths. Bloomberg reported
that it’s “the largest consumer-safety recall in U.S. history. “
reported that the numbers will continue to grow, eventually reaching 24 million vehicles:
The order is the latest expansion of the Takata recalls, as ordered by the National Highway Safety Administration that will eventually encompass 24 million
vehicles. Previously, the total was holding at about 19 million.
reported that Mercedes-Benz is one of roughly 10 auto brands that are affected by Takata recalls. Others include Volkswagen, Honda, BMW and Mazda.
Daimler isn’t the only automaker expanding its recall as additional data surfaces.
Honda recently added 2.23 million cars
to the Takata recall. The ongoing crisis caused Honda’s chief executive to resign last
In comparison, General Motor’s recent recall seems like child’s play for corporate communicators.
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On Tuesday, GM announced that it’s recalling more than 473,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada due to a brake pedal problem.
The recall includes 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles used by police, along with Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD models. A faulty nut on the
brake pedal can come loose, causing the pedal to malfunction.
It’s an easy fix for owners of the recalled vehicles.
Business Insider reported:
Dealers will inspect the bolt to determine if the vehicle has already received a fix added during production. If not, dealers will add adhesive to the nut
and reinstall the nut.
The automaker said no crashes or injuries have been reported involving the brake pedals.