Add McLaren, Ferrari, and Tesla to the Takata air bag recall list.
This week, the NHTSA officially added models from the three brands to the massive recall involving 70 million air bags. The adds include every Tesla Model S from 2012-2016, along with the Ferrari’s entire 2016-2017 lineup. We’ve updated our Takata recall guide here. The updated list also includes the 2012 Lexus LFA and 2017 Audi R8.
Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is once again moving to speed up the pace of the recall. The agency is giving Takata a new directive to provide replacement parts “on an accelerated basis and made available first to the riskiest vehicles.”
The highest risk vehicles remain in hot, humid regions. Both factors can cause the air bag’s chemical propellant to degrade over time causing them to explode. They’re linked to 11 deaths and 180 injuries in the United States from flying shrapnel.
Nearly 70 million air bags are involved in the ongoing recall. Of those, approximately 46 million Takata air bags in 29 million cars are already subjected to the recall, with another 20 to 25 million additional air bags set to recalled with the next couple of years.
Takata has been ordered to recall all of the faulty air bags by the end of 2019.