The Takata airbag saga continues as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced more than 20 supercars are joining the world’s biggest automotive recall in history. Interestingly, many new cars from that segment are included to the recall, which means manufacturers have decided to use defective Takata inflators with ammonium nitrate, ignoring the fact that they would have to be recalled.
Ferrari is the supercar brand that is going to be involved the most into the recall, as the entire 2016-2017 lineup has defective inflators from the Japanese company. The range will join the already announced about 2,800 cars from the exotic Italian manufacturer.
Other supercars affected from the recall are the 2017 Audi R8, 2016-2017 McLaren 570S, 2012 Fisker Karma, and Lexus LFA. Even the mighty McLaren P1 uses risky airbags and is going to be recalled. Tesla is also joining the campaign for the first time and will have to replace the airbag inflators of all 2012-2016 Model S electric sedans.
Roughly 12.5 million airbags have already been repaired – 6.7 million driver side airbags and 5.8 passenger side airbags. According to data from NHTSA as of early December, Honda has recalled more than 8.2 million of its defective airbags, followed by Toyota with 1.47 million and FCA with 1.46 million. However, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz have recalled only 671 and 3,434 cars respectively – less than one percent from all cars the two companies have to repair.
While an impressive number, the 12.5 million cars represent less than 20 percent of all affected vehicles. That’s why the Department of Transportation wants to accelerate the recall, and is motivating manufacturers to obtain the replacement parts faster and to make them available first to the riskiest vehicles. Takata is backing the campaign, announcing it “has dramatically ramped up production and capacity of airbag replacement kits.”
Note: McLaren P1 by MSO pictured.
Source: NHTSA via Car and Driver