Automakers recall 1.7 million cars with fatal airbags, inflators can hurl shrapnel

Automakers recall 1.7 million cars with fatal airbags

A consumer alert has been issued about a massive recall involving potentially deadly air bags.

Just when you think that there can't be any more vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall, here comes another 1.7 million.

The recalls include various models of Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler vans, Mercedes and Ferrari.

The air bags can hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

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Already, at least 23 people have been killed in accidents related to the airbags, as hundreds more have been injured. Mercedes is recalling 288,779 vehicles from model years 2010 to 2017. About 10 million inflators are being recalled in the USA this year.

For a complete list of recalled vehicles, check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recall page. Daimler wrote the vans affected by the recall were made from 2015 to 2017.

Volkswagen/Audi: 119,394 vehicles from model years 2015-17. Only 27.2 million of those had been replaced by the end of 2018, meaning millions of motorists are still driving a vehicle equipped with an airbag inflator that's directly linked to over 20 deaths worldwide. Tesla is recalling 68,763 Model S vehicles from 2014 to 2016 and Ferrari is recalling 11,176 vehicles of various models ranging from 2014 to 2018 model years.

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