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January 2019 Kicks Off Another Expansion of the Takata Airbag Recall

Every week more and more automobile manufacturers announce they are expanding the number of vehicles that need to have their Takata airbags replaced

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - Given the enormous number of motor vehicles that have the exploding Takata airbag installed it has been necessary to implement a staged recall where those vehicles in warmer climates and those with a higher likelihood to cause injuries were recalled first. The 2019 round of recalls is thought to be the final installment and is scheduled to conclude early in 2020. Here is a summary of the January 2019 additions to the ever-expanding Takata airbag recall , to date, the largest motor vehicle recall in US history.

Ford announced they would be recalling close to 1 million more vehicles, mostly in the United States, in order to replace the defective Takata airbag. lists the vehicles as "the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang."

On the 9th of January 2019, Toyota recalled an additional 1.7 million vehicles worldwide, which included 1.3 million in the United States. Toyota models ranged from 2010 through 2015 and included Lexus, Scion, the Toyota 4Runner, Corolla, Matrix, and Sienna. In addition, the company also included the less popular 2014-2016 Rukus and Yaris Sedan.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 1.4 million more US vehicles to the Takata airbag recall. The models included are Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram vehicles. According to Consumer Reports, the exact vehicles are the 2010-2015 Chrysler 300 sedans, 2010-2014 Dodge Challenger coupes, 2011-2015 Dodge Charger sedans, 2010-2016 Jeep Wrangler SUVs, and the 2010 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks.

Electric car maker Tesla has also expanded its share of the Takata airbag recall by announcing it needs to replace the Takata airbags in the 2014-16 Model S cars.

Not to be outdone, Honda has is also increasing the vehicles on their UK recall list to include models of the " Civic Coupe (2001-2005), Civic IMA (Hybrid) (2003-2005 and 2006-2010), Civic 5 Door (2003-2005), Stream (2001-2005), Jazz (2002-2008 and 2009-2015), Jazz hybrid (2012-2015) CR-V (2002-2007 and 2008-2012), Accord/Accord Tourer (2003-2008 and 2009-2015) Insight (2010-2013), FR-V (2005-2009), and the Honda Legend (2007-2009).

As most drivers remain woefully unaware that a recall even exists it is up to everyone to alert their social media family and friends that the Takata airbag recall is deadly serious and the largest and most important in history. To date around 25 people have been killed and hundreds seriously, seriously injured by the Takata airbag exploding due to minor "fender-bender" type accidents and exploding with greater force than the manufacturer expected. The great force shatters the metal canister that contains the airbag's propellant chemical, sending razor-sharp shards of shrapnel throughout the vehicle's passenger cabin with a grenade like force. Those who have died have mostly bled to death from a severed carotid artery in the neck and there have been reports of people becoming blinded or losing one eye in the explosion. If you doubt that the recall is serious business and that your life and the life of your loved ones are in grave danger, Google "Takata airbag injuries, " click on images and have a look for yourself.

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