BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler recall vehicles in U.S. with Takata air bags

Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:35pm EST
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By Jan Schwartz and David Shepardson

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The three largest German automakers said they will recall 2.5 million vehicles in the United States equipped with Takata Corp air bags, the latest moves in a long-running safety crisis involving the Japanese automotive supplier.

On Wednesday, Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE: Quote) said it would recall 850,000 vehicles and BMW said it would recall 840,000 vehicles. That followed Tuesday's announcement by Daimler AG that it was recalling 840,000 vehicles.

The vehicles to be recalled have Takata-made air bag inflators that the Japanese supplier declared defective last month, affecting 5.1 million vehicles in the United States. The recalls by the German automakers bring the announced vehicle recalls to the total outlined by Takata.

These recalls involve newer model-year vehicles than previous ones involving Takata. The BMW recalls include one 2015 model.

The recalls mark the latest expansion of a safety crisis over defective Takata air bags that began in 2009. Some 24 million U.S. vehicles involving about 28 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled.

Earlier, Honda Motor Co recalled 2.23 million U.S. vehicles in the most recent Takata expansion. Ford Motor Co has recalled 361,000 Ranger pickup trucks and Mazda Motor Corp nearly 20,000 B-Series trucks.

The recalls by the German companies were limited to the U.S. market. Daimler, VW and BMW each said they are not aware of any air bag failures in their vehicles.

The most recent recalls were prompted in part by the December death of the driver of a Ford Ranger pickup, as well as new tests conducted on suspected faulty air bags. Ten deaths worldwide and nine in the United States have been linked to Takata's air bag inflators, all but one involving a Honda model.   Continued...

A Daimler sign name is pictured during the company's annual news conference in Stuttgart, Germany, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle